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REFERENDUMS

KT Referendum: a vote on a single issue put to a public ballot by the government. A degree of direct
democracy. Generally yes/no questions.

Direct democracy is unachievable but representative democracy can lead to be too remote and
unresponsive of citizens needs. Referendums are therefore employed.

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Q Clement Attlee in 1940s: "a tool of demagogues and dictators".. "a device so alien to our
traditions"
Q A.V. Dicey: a kind of "peoples veto"
Q Blair in 1995: "in the case of major constitutional change. . .there is clearly a case for that decision
to be taken by…

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