Parliament and referendums
Direct or representative democracy?
in Governing Britain
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The chapter identifies the history of referendums in the United Kingdom, examines calls for their use in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, their use in and since the 1970s and the arguments deployed for and against their employment. It focuses on the implications of requiring parliamentary approval and their use on an ad hoc basis. It addresses the consequences of their use and the clash of legitimacies entailed by the use of referendums (direct democracy) and general elections (representative democracy).


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