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Should all major political decisions be made via public referendum?
Referendums foster a sense of inclusivity in democracy and make people feel part of the political process.
Referendums give voters a
sense of satisfaction
because they believe that the system is fair and responds to their preferences.
Election cycles are
to allow the public to feel engaged with political issues and important government decisions.
In the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, parties across the political spectrum
had an increase in new members
Referendums and other tools of direct democracy help increase political socialization and voter turnout.
Referendums help make democracies more representative.
Referendum campaigns can become
which causes people to isolate themselves from politics.
Referendums can spark regional violence over conflicting views on policy decisions.
Public referenda are used as politicians' cop-outs, allowing them to avoid making potentially unpopular and vote-losing decisions, even when they are in the best interest of the population.