Turn out or else: do referendum campaigns actually change voters’ minds?

Over £9m has been spent on leaflets for all British household outlining the arguments in favour of remaining in the EU. But do campaign activities actually sway voters in referendums? Would campaigners do best to try to change minds, or simply motivate their supporters to turn out at the polls? Which arguments will prove decisive? Sara Hobolt, Professor at the LSE European Institute, and Sara Hagemann, … Continue reading Turn out or else: do referendum campaigns actually change voters’ minds?

Don’t blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum

Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and Director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, highlights the challenges of engaging young voters in the EU referendum campaign. Despite having the most at stake, young Britons tend to be not only uninformed about the EU in general, but also disinterested in the referendum debate. Never before have … Continue reading Don’t blame young voters for not bothering about the EU referendum

The puzzle of EU referendums

Ece Özlem Atikcan, Assistant Professor in Political Science at Laval University, asks whether previous referendums on European Union treaties contain many lessons and insights into the upcoming referendum in the UK. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s first guest editor week on openDemocracy.  Referendum campaigns matter more than election campaigns. Research has shown time and time again that people tend to change their minds during … Continue reading The puzzle of EU referendums