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Should Referendums Be Abolished?
The people, as the sovereign, must have the right to directly influence political decisions.
Political philosophers have advocated referendums as necessary for democracy to work.
The introduction of referendums makes a political system more intrinsically democratic: instead of having one or few policy makers, everyone can partake in political decision-making.
Abolishing referendums would take away the population's only means of directly influencing political decision-making processes in representative democracies.
When the principles of modern democracy were being established, a true plebiscite was wholly impractical, necessitating the trustee model. Since modern technology allows instant communication with even the most remote citizens, referendums seem a more equitable means of decision making.
Although people have the fundamental
to participate in the political decision-making process, this does not necessarily need to happen through referendums. While the former right is inalienable, the latter can be forfeited.
A democratically electoral system where the individual votes for a political party and where anyone can start a political party or become a political reprehensive already gives freedom of choice to the people negating the need for referendums.
It is a legitimate and widely-established practice for voters to voluntarily delegate some of their decision-making power to representatives.
The citizens of democracies do not show much interest in exercising this right through referendums.
While the people as the sovereign should be able to directly influence decisions in principle, this principle is impractical and cannot be implemented without limitations.