Working Paper by Sandra Kröger - Assessing the democratic legitimacy of the 2016 Brexit referendum
The working paper addresses the input legitimacy of the British EU membership referendum of June 2016. It considers who was given a vote in the first place, and whether those given a vote could make a reasonable choice in light of the campaign. More precisely, it assesses the following four criteria: the franchise, the presence of clarity, the amount and quality of information, and the quality of public debate, arguing that instances of direct democracy, such as referendums, require higher standards of civic behaviour from both elected representatives and voters than those required of representative democracy.
The paper can be found here
Date: 14 January 2019