13. 5. 2021
ve 14:00 hodin, ONLINE

Sociological Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Department of Sociology of the Institute of Sociological Studies FSS CU invite you to the spring cycle of Thursday sociological seminars.

Online seminars are organized through Zoom. Registration is required in

What are the consequences of more referendums? Just more polarization and populism? Or better governance? Sometimes a bit of both. Direct democracy makes you richer. My research shows that the average citizen earns nearly a $1000 for every referendum held, and that a strong correlation exists between the frequency of referendums and a GDP per capita. Referendums can also improve the quality of democracy. So why don't we see more? Drawing on a three decades of research, Qvortrup presents a definitive statement on the benefits and history referendums, including examples of how this instrument of democracy has been both utilised and abused. The the will outline the history of referendums, explain when politicians have submitted issues to the voters, why these votes have been won or lost - and ultimately why it matters. Professor Qvortrup also examines the role of social media in referendum campaigns and make suggestions for improving the process of direct democracy.

Matt Qvortrup is professor of political science at Coventry University. The author of many books on referendums, his book Democracy on Demand will be published by Manchester University Press in July. Professor Qvortrup is also editor of European Political Science Review. Described by the Financial Times, "As a world authority on referendums" Matt has also presented programs for the BBC, and written for The Times, The Guardian, and El Pais. In addition to his writings on direct democracy, he is author of a book on Angela Merkel, which was translated into Czech.


Online seminars are organized through Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive access information. Link to the registration is available HERE. 

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