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Completed research project

Title / Titel The European Referendum Revisited
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Original title / Originaltitel Le référendum européen en question
Summary / Zusammenfassung This SNF project is the continuation of another SNF research project [100011-116183] undertaken during the last two years (2007-2009) which was focused on the study of direct democracy in the European Union (EU). The research addressed the role of national referendums on EU related issues and their impact on the broader European integration process. The basic working hypothesis was that these referendums could constitute a stumbling block to the deepening and widening of the EU -a prospect that was readily confirmed by the recent experience with the June 2008 Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. In the light of such new and crucial developments, a continuation of the research project is sought to cover the period April 2009 - April 2010. Given the extensive work already undertaken from both legal and political science perspectives, the extension of the project aims to incorporate the Lisbon process into the original research plan. Such a focused and targeted research effort would complement the existing work that has already been done and bring to completion one of the most systematic analyses of direct democracy in the EU thus far. Apart from the analysis of all referendums in the EU, this research project will allow the research team to undertake a structured, focused comparison of the two latest attempts at EU constitutional reform: the European Constitution, a process that was launched by the Laeken declaration in 2001 and brought to a halt by the French and Dutch 'no' votes; and the Lisbon process, complicated by the Irish referendum of 2008, but not brought to a halt given that the ratification has proceeded. Specifically, the research team will apply the same methodology to the ongoing Lisbon process. The latter has generated a great deal of political contestation and a number of constitutional court challenges (e.g. the UK, Germany and Czech Republic) that could not have been anticipated in the previous research project in the Fall of 2006. Therefore, to thoroughly examine the Lisbon process in this research project - in terms of applying the same methodological tools and analysis - becomes indispensable for providing an overall and extended analysis of the EU experience with direct democracy.
Publications / Publikationen ANDREAS AUER, La démocratie directe comme piège et comme chance pour l’Union
Européenne, in : AUER/FLÜCKIGER/HOTTELIER (éd.), Les droits de l’homme et la
constitution, Etudes en l’honneur du Professeur Giorgio Malinverni, Genève
2007 57-76 ; également publié dans Forum Helveticum, collection 16, La
position de la Suisse en Europe, Lenzburg 2007 76-84.

ANDREAS AUER, National Referendums in the Process of European Integration : Time for
Change, in : ANNELI ALBI/JACQUES ZILLER (ed.) The European Constitution and
National Constitutions : Ratification and Beyond, Kluwer, Netherlands 2007

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Direct Democracy, Referendum, European Union, Integration
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof Andreas Auer (Project Leader)
Dr Fernando Mendez, PhD
Dr Vasiliki Triga, PhD
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) Aarau
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Apr 2007 to Dec 2010