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Issue Voting in Danish EU Referendums

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The Danish referendums on the Unified Patent Court in 2014 and on the Opt-Out on Justice and Home Affairs in 2015 were characterized by issue-voting, but the 2015 vote more so than the 2014 vote. Second-order effects were few and small. Very few used the opportunity to cast a vote against a government that they disliked. A large number of voters made up their mind well before the campaign started, and those who became doubtful because of the arguments advanced during the campaign ended up following the cues given by their preferred party, but in case of conflict with those cues relied on their own views and attitudes to the EU.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of European Referendums
EditorsJulie Smith
Number of pages16
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication year2021
ISBN (print)978-3-030-55802-4
ISBN (electronic)978-3-030-55803-1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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