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Un’analisi economica della partecipazione ai referendum abrogativi

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  • Roberto Ricciuti

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In this paper we analyse four determinants of turnout in petition referendums. We find that distributive referendums have higher turnout than efficiency referendums; the higher the percentage obtained by parties campaigning for abstention, the lower turnout. Furthermore, referendums held in June show significantly less voters than in other months. The number of referendums voted simultaneously has no effect on turnout up to four referendums. Starting from these results we discuss possible reforms.

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  • Roberto Ricciuti, 2006. "Un’analisi economica della partecipazione ai referendum abrogativi," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 96(4), pages 343-363, July-Augu.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:96:y:2006:i:4:p:343-363
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    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies

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