to what extent do initiatives and propositions promote democracy

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  • to what extent do initiatives and propositions promote democracy?
    • promote democracy
      • expand voters involvement with politics
      • create a more engaged and aware electorate
      • safeguard against corrupt politicians
      • enable decisions to be mare on controversial issues which politicians would prefer to avoid
    • undermine democracy
      • cost of campaigns means they are mostly promoted by interest groups who have the funds
        • this means you could view these elections as being based on money
      • subvert the principle of representative democracy
      • minority groups are likely to be disadvantaged as cant mount viable campaigns
      • particularly on complex, low visibility issues big business can frame the debate.


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