Sovereignty Referendums

New dataset on sovereignty referendums.

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New dataset on sovereignty referendums. Local maximums around American independence, 1850, and steadily increasing referendums in the post-war era when referendums were adopted by the international community.

The recent proliferation of referendums on sovereignty matters has fueled growing scholarly interest. However, comparative research is hindered by the weaknesses of current compilations, which tend to suffer from conceptual vagueness, varied coding decisions, incomplete coverage and ad hoc categorizations. Based on an improved conceptualization and theory-driven typology, this article presents a new dataset of 602 sovereignty referendums from 1776–2012, more than double the number in existing lists. In an exploratory analysis, it uncovers eight distinctive clusters of sovereignty referendums and identifies patterns of activity over time and space as well as outcomes produced.

As Tyler Cowen would write, very good sentence. “Insofar as any conclusion can be drawn from our tentative analysis, it was that most referendums turn out in favour of the sovereignty reallocation at stake, with many cases exhibiting very high approval rates”.