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More Power to the People Has Its Perils

More Power to the People Has Its Perils
More Power to the People Has Its Perils
There have been a number of recent calls for referendums, for two reasons. First, some argue that ratification of the reshaped EU constitution can only be done on the back of a referendum. Second, others argue that the 'disconnect' between politicians and voters means that more power should be transferred to voters. This article examines the constitutional position, and also assesses Britain's one national referendum, in 1975, and concludes that there is no advantage to be gained by transferring power away from Westminster.
Referendum, democracy, 1975, European Union, EU constitution, Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron
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O'Hara, Kieron (2006) More Power to the People Has Its Perils Western Morning News, p. 10.

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Abstract

There have been a number of recent calls for referendums, for two reasons. First, some argue that ratification of the reshaped EU constitution can only be done on the back of a referendum. Second, others argue that the 'disconnect' between politicians and voters means that more power should be transferred to voters. This article examines the constitutional position, and also assesses Britain's one national referendum, in 1975, and concludes that there is no advantage to be gained by transferring power away from Westminster.

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Published date: March 2006
Keywords: Referendum, democracy, 1975, European Union, EU constitution, Tony Benn, Enoch Powell, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 262497
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/262497
PURE UUID: b3be3782-38b7-4f55-9b6b-7cde979ab70b

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Date deposited: 04 May 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:50

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Author: Kieron O'Hara

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