Coerced Referendums

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The referendum process is another important democratic tool that allows the citizens to have a direct say over which laws are, or are not, enacted. This way for the people to speak their will directly is an important part of the representation pyramid, but sometimes referendums can be initiated by politicians or political parties trying to circumvent the political process. For example, if the people don’t vote on the referendum the way the politicians want them to, the politicians will just initiate the referendum process over and over again, eventually getting their way by simply wearing out the voters. Then once the decision has been made, it can be very difficult to reverse.

On the flip side, corrupt representatives can make a legitimate referendum process such a pain in the ass for the people that few choose to participate in it. They then use the low turnout to say that the people have spoken out against the proposed changes.

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