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Should Referendums Be Abolished?
Referendums provide a way to settle contentious issues when elected officials are unable to make a decision.
The best way to decide whether or not to abolish referendums would be through a referendum, as any restriction of power should be decided by an equal or higher forum (in our case, the highest, the electorate). Which proves the necessity of at least one type of referendum.
If the issue was not a part of the ruling party's initial platform, they may not have any clear mandate either way and are therefore unable to decide.
Entrenched partisanship may mean there is no clear consensus for or against a particular issue. A referendum can clear this up.
The search for compromise, tedious as it may be, has the potential to satisfy more stakeholders and overcome partisanship, neither of which referendums can achieve.