2016 seems to be the year of referenda, with so far pretty mixed results. The two biggest upsets of the year so far undoubtedly are the shock votes for Brexit and against a FARC peace deal in Colombia. One potentially explosive referendum in Hungary over EU quotas for accepting refugees may have been derailed, as despite the largest ever political campaign in the country, so few people turned up to vote that the results were automatically invalidated.
More important votes are coming up in October (like Haiti’s presidential rerun), starting with a vote in Italy about changes to the constitution. Italy doesn’t tend to make the headlines, but the specifics of these changes and what that could mean for the political future of Italy is worth learning a bit about.