Introduction

Matt Qvortrup, Laurence Morel

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Abstract

Referendums, like other democratic procedures, have their share of advantages and disadvantages. The democratic quality of referendums relies in many respects on the quality of the debate at hand and, more generally, on the way the referendum vote is designed and organized. While referendums are amongst the most efficient forms of expression of the people’s will at the local and national levels, they are not beyond reproach. A referendum also has its limits as a democratic instrument.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook to Referendums and Direct Democracy
EditorsMatt Qvortrup, Laurence Morel
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter1
Pages23
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)1138209937
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Referendum
  • Direct Democracy
  • Plebiscites

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    Qvortrup, M., & Morel, L. (2018). Introduction. In M. Qvortrup, & L. Morel (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook to Referendums and Direct Democracy (pp. 23). [1] Abingdon : Routledge.