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Democracy, Unit 1

Referendums- Loading the Question

Referendums are seen by some as a way of integrating direct democracy into the UK system and a means of reengaging the electorate. However, others see them as a device utilised in the main by dictators. The level of democracy associated with a referendum is often linked to the question, which should of course (in theory) be neutral.

This piece in the NS suggests that Alex Salmond’s question for 2014 is worded in a way that increases support for a yes vote.

 http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/02/salmond-question-independence

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