Argument: Referenda devalue role of legislative bodies

Issue Report: Direct democracy


(“Teach Yourself: Politics”, Peter Joyce): “In some countries (such as France) they were deliberately introduced to weaken the power of parliament. Although they can be reconciled with the concept of parliamentary sovereignty when they are consultative and do not require the legislature to undertake a particular course of action, it is difficult to ignore the outcome of a popular vote when it does not theoretically tie the hands of public policy makers.”