I Want to Break Free: The Freddie Mercury Theory of Independence Referendums

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Abstract

Beginning with votes in Confederate states before the American Civil War, there have been 62 referendums of independence since 1861. Most of the referendums have resulted in yes-votes. Why are these referendums won? Contrary to earlier studies it is suggested that all referendums on independence succeed if there is elite consensus. The quantitative findings are complemented by a case-study looking at the determinants of voting in the Scottish independence referendums in 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-240
JournalPázmány Law Review
Volume5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Referendums
  • Secession
  • independence

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