Argument: Citizens are competent enough to make good policy

Issue Report: Direct democracy

Extended arguments

Although people might be a bit less informed than the politicians (which is understandable), they are able to evaluate the pros and cons of a change in policy they vote for/against. We can look to Peru, where in 2007 was a referendum on plans for a huge mine took place. More than 90% of voters rejected the Rio Blanco proposals, because they were aware of the possible environmental impacts it could have on their country.“Peruvians vote against mine plan”, BBC, by Dan Collyns, September 2007 (Regrettably, the Peruvian government said the result was not legally binding.)