Arguments for Referendums

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  • For Referendums
    • They increase direct political participation, which strengthens democracy.
      • Voter turnout has declined in GEs, local and European elections.
        • Referendums create the sense of participatory democracy, as people have power and influence on issues.
      • Referendums create the sense of participatory democracy, as people have power and influence on issues.
    • They help to mobilise consent on contentions issues
    • They provide clear, decisive answers to specific issues which cannot be settled in Parliament.
    • They could be a powerful check on the power of the elected Executive
    • They inform and educate the public on specific issues
    • Technology has increased the widespread use of national and local referendums
    • They may serve to revitalise local govt and democracy
      • Several councils have used local referendums on issues such as education policy

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