Kialo requires cookies to work correctly.
Should all major political decisions be made via public referendum?
Referendums can shine a spotlight on
By having binary choice questions, referendums empower extremist sides on an issue by giving them equal platforms.
Even if the referendum is not successful, it makes a fringe issue more politically salient. This may result in politicians introducing similar, less extreme policies.
Referendums can breed populism.
"Fringe" movements are not inherently bad. They are just movements which have been kept out of power.
Fringe movements often focus on issues that only a small group in society tends to care about. As such, it can be difficult to generate sufficient popular support for an issue to have a referendum on it.