The ‘Neverendum’?: A History of Referendums and Independence


  • Matt Qvortrup

    1. A lawyer and a political scientist, is a senior researcher at Cranfield University. He won the Political Studies Association's BJPIR Prize for best article in 2012. His recent publications include The British Constitution; Nationalism, Referendums and Democracy; and Direct Democracy.
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Next year's referendum on Scottish independence raises many questions. Do countries have the right to hold referendums? Should they hold them? Does the wording of the question determine the outcome? Who wins?Matt Qvortrup presents an overview of the history of independence referendums.