A Comparative Study of Referendums: Government by the People
In Britain the Labour Government has proposed - and in some cases has already held - several referendums on issues ranging from devolution to the single European currency. This is far from a British phenomenon - virtually all European countries are moving towards a greater use of referendums. Should this trend be endorsed? Or should it be condemned as populism? The fundamental question which this book seeks to answer is whether referendums are a just and democratic means of increasing the role of the citizen. Do referendums threaten minorities and are they a threat to representative democracy?
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