The Use of Referenda Essay

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The Use of Referenda A referendum (plural: referendums or referenda) or plebiscite is a direct vote in which an entire electorate is asked to either accept or reject a particular proposal. This may be the adoption of a new constitution, a constitutional amendment, a law, the recall of an elected official or simply a specific government policy. There are many arguments for and against a referendum. Starting with the positive aspects of a referendum, first of all, referendums are the most legitimate form of political decision-making since it's the vote of the people, which dictates the policy of their government in relation to the issue in question. Basically, referendums are seen as the…show more content…
Referendums not only stimulate the voters minds, but also make them more aware about politics and the views and pledges of the government itself. National pride is another advantage of referendums. Since the general public are being given a more direct role to give their opinion I the decisions to run the country. There are some arguments that are against a referendum. Referendums could be used as an easier way to solve problems also it takes the pressure off the politicians but this way could also be taking responsibilities away from the Mp's which undermines the reason for elections and tells us that they are not doing their roles that they have been assigned to do and we, the public are not the best of judges as we have not as much as experience or that much knowledge because we could be ignorant and be affected by the role of the media also be emotional on the issue. Example, The death penalty. The media are strategically trained to change our opinion. Another example is the referendum on abortion in Northern Ireland which was influenced by the catholic priests. Despite that the public has a say but the minority views are not being heard. The majority of the votes are the conclusion of the referendum. However, this in some ways is not fair because the small number of public that voted against the result, are not being heard. We must
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