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Un'analisi economica della partecipazione ai referendum abrogativi

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  • Ricciuti, Roberto


In questo lavoro viene analizzata la partecipazione dei cittadini ai referendum abrogativi con particolare riferimento a quattro possibili determinati. I risultati mostrano che i referendum distributivi hanno una partecipazione al voto maggiore di quella dei referendum di efficienza; maggiore è la percentuale di elettori che si riconoscono nei partiti che sostengono l'astensione, minore è la percentuale di votanti. Inoltre i referendum votati in giugno presentano una minore partecipazione. Il numero di referendum votati contemporaneamente non ha effetti sulla percentuale di votanti fino ad un numero di quattro. A partire da questa analisi si discutono alcune proposte di riforma. 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 not effect on turnout up to four referendums. Starting from these results we discuss possible reforms.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 81.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: May 2007
Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:81
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  1. Amrita Dhillon & Susana Peralta, 2002. "Economic Theories Of Voter Turnout," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(480), pages 332-352, June.
  2. John G. Matsusaka, 1992. "Economics of Direct Legislation," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 107(2), pages 541-571.
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