Referendum and the Choice between Monarchy and Republic in Greece

32 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2009

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George Tridimas

University of Ulster - School of Economics

Date Written: April 9, 2009


Drawing on the 1974 Greek parliamentary elections and constitutional referendum which abolished the monarchy, the paper employs a spatial decision model to examine the strategic use of a parliamentary election and a non mandatory referendum by an agenda setter. The parliamentary election bundles two issues, the right to form a government and the right to choose the form of state. This implies that the election campaign efforts to attract votes are different from the campaign efforts to win an election for government and a separate referendum for the form of state. The choice of the agenda setter turns out to depend on his costs of campaign efforts in the different contests relative to those of the opposition, his benefits to be gained from winning the different contests, his comparative electoral appeal and the probability that the referendum secures his favorite outcome.

Keywords: Greece, monarchy versus republic, non-required referendum, parliamentary elections, campaign effort, constitutional revision

JEL Classification: D7, N4

Suggested Citation

Tridimas, George, Referendum and the Choice between Monarchy and Republic in Greece (April 9, 2009). Constitutional Political Economy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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