Referendums

HideShow resource information
  • Created by: chloeosei
  • Created on: 17-05-16 11:20
What is a referendum
a vote the electorate take on a single issue
1 of 16
WHat does history say about referendums
Often seen with suspicion by demoracts, hitler uses referendums to ignore acts of the consisutution and centre his own powers
2 of 16
What does german political culture say about referendums
sees them with suspcicion and they are considered undemocratic. Germany rarely use referendums for democratic decisions
3 of 16
Switzerland
Uses them extensively and almost 25/30 issues a year are solved with referendums
4 of 16
Why does Switzerland use them?
Places a huge emphasis on local engagement and thats how they solve issues
5 of 16
Whats the problem with the swiss referendum use?
There is a declining tunout and seen as not being a good thing only a proportion of the population actually vote on issues which affect everyone as a whole
6 of 16
who gets to call referendums?
Generally the government but in California they have the ability to create propositions, with 100,000 signatures they can take it to a state vote
7 of 16
Practical issues - in a good way hpow has a referendum been used in California
Uses to remove an unpopular candidate
8 of 16
Referendums binding?
Not necessarrily binding, the can be used as a consultative act of the population and this means that governemnt can ignore the outcome
9 of 16
Examples of governments ignoring the outcome of a referendum?
Sweeden in 1955 the government ignored a 86% vote against moving from driving on the left side of the road to the right side. They're resoning for this was economic issues with neighbouring countries, it was easier to change the other side
10 of 16
Continue explaination...
Althere there were fears of more traffic, road collsions went dlwn that year by 40% sepeculatively because people took extra care driving
11 of 16
Are referednums good or bad for democracy?
Good because they are an expression of the public opinion. They are good at creating new issues for the political agenda
12 of 16
Why are they bad for dmeocracy?
can come up with non issues, they are restrictive especially because they are ony a yes or no answer
13 of 16
Problem with Califormnia and referendums
Most of the budget is already constricted by all the referendum outcomes amking it difficult for governers
14 of 16
Continue why its difficult for governers
The economist 1992 says 4/5 of the budget is already mandated in adavnce, they calim the referendums distort and obstruct representative democracy
15 of 16
Solutions?
PB particpataptry budgeting in brazil - the world banks sites it has imporved the lives of some of the poorest peopple and has an enchnaced level of participation (from 1000in 1990 to 40,00 1999
16 of 16

Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

WHat does history say about referendums

Back

Often seen with suspicion by demoracts, hitler uses referendums to ignore acts of the consisutution and centre his own powers

Card 3

Front

What does german political culture say about referendums

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

Switzerland

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Why does Switzerland use them?

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
View more cards

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Government & Politics resources:

See all Government & Politics resources »See all Referendums resources »