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Should Referendums Be Abolished?
According to the economic principle of division of labor, it is substantially more efficient when some specialists do politics instead of a mass of laymen (
Matsusaka, p. 2
At the same time, the specialization of a political class further detaches those who are supposed to be represented by politicians.
The harmful logical extension of this claim about specialization is an abolishment of democracy and the introduction of a technocracy.
The occasional referendum can coexist with parliamentary democracy and so does not preclude a division of labour. Even in Switzerland, the country which utilises referendums the most, most governance and politics are carried out by specialists.