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Should all major political decisions be made via public referendum?
Referendums reduce complex issues to a binary yes or no choice.
Referendums treat issues in isolation, allowing voters to ignore the trade-offs or consequences of their policy choices.
By having binary choice questions, referendums empower extremist sides on an issue by giving them equal platforms.
The 'zero-sum' nature of referendums could
disincentive opposing sides from seeking compromises or finding common ground
. (Pg 63)
Reducing political decisions to a binary yes or no leads to worse decisions
This makes it difficult to interpret the results of these referendums and what they say about public opinion on the issue.
This gives people less scope to express their political preferences when there is a limited number of options to choose from.
multiple choice referendum
can be used to prevent a binary choice being required.
Some referendums offer follow up questions to stop issues becoming overly simplistic.