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“Referendums Are Beneficial to Democracy” to What Extent Do You Agree with This View?

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“Referendums are beneficial to democracy” to what extent do you agree with this view?

Referendum is a public vote on legislature. It is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on specific issues affecting a state. It is the most direct form of democracy.   Referendums become a popular mechanism for making decisions under the ‘Blair’ administration. In a referendum, the government asks members of the public to help decide on an important issue. Everyone of voting age has the right to take part. Since 1973, there has been 12 major referendums in the UK held by the government, most of them relating to issues of devolution and 37 minor ones which are relating to   directly elected mayors and transport issues. It is also known as plebiscite or vote on a ballot question. The referendum is nothing else like a national veto (Qvortrup, n.d.) A referendum is a question based on a political or constitutional issue.
Democracy is a system of government that allows the eligible citizens to select those who would represent their views and opinions in government.   There are different types of democracy: Totalitarian, majoritarian, consensual, parliamentary, consultative, representative and pluralist democracy. Representative democracy is the most commonly used form of democracy. Democracy consists of four key elements:
A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections;
The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life;
Protection of the human rights of all citizens, and
A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens (Diamond, 2004)
In my opinion, referendums are beneficial to democracy but also

Referendums have become a widespread form of democracy. Referendums are a significant factor that is of great benefit to democratic societies. They are used for various reasons as they encourage democracy. There are numerous arguments in favour of referendums and how it aids democracy such as...

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