Going Against the Consociational Grain: The Debate on the Dutch Advisory Referendum Act and the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement Referendum

International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog

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Reijer Passchier

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Wim J. M. Voermans

Leiden University - Leiden Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2016

Abstract

On April 6, 2016, the Netherlands held the first referendum under its new Advisory Referendum Act of 2015. Most Dutch commentators feel that this experience not an altogether gratifying experience. This blog reports on three of the most prominent critical claims made. Although some of these claims do make sense to a certain extent, the blog argues that the greater part of the discontent with the referendum actually goes a lot deeper: referendums seem to go against the grain of the time honoured Dutch political consensus culture.

Keywords: Referendum, Netherlands, consociationalism

Suggested Citation

Passchier, Reijer and Voermans, Wim, Going Against the Consociational Grain: The Debate on the Dutch Advisory Referendum Act and the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement Referendum (June 1, 2016). International Journal of Constitutional Law Blog, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2979153

Reijer Passchier (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

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Netherlands

Wim Voermans

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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