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Should all major political decisions be made via public referendum?
Deciding whether a political decision is 'major' or not may become a politicised process.
Parties may decide not to hold a referendum on an issue they do not support (but believes will pass in a referendum) and define it as insufficiently 'major' for a public vote.
Opposition parties may block referendums on issues they do not support if there is a supermajority requirement to hold a referendum.
Politicians can decide to call referendums at politically convenient times and use them to justify decisions even when public will is no longer in their favor.
In some countries, political decisions are classified as 'major' if they affect the country's constitution.
Politicians would likely be subject to criticism if they refused to hold referendums on issues the public considered important.