The rise and rise of the referendum
Referendums are on the rise across the world. From New Zealand to Colombia, governments are putting more and more big decisions to the popular vote.
When UK voters backed Brexit in June, it prompted a wave of interest in direct democracy - and the unexpected results it can unleash.
So what is driving this urge to ask the public their opinion?
Why so many referendums? According to Dr Marco Goldoni, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow, we can thank "the limits and crisis of contemporary representative democracy", in which voters see their leaders as out of touch with... read more
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