Earth & Conservation

Are Referendums Bad For Democracy?

2016 has been a year of major political upsets and that's thanks to referendums. So what exactly are they and are they democratic?

2016 was a year filled with controversial referendums. In Colombia, a peace deal was rejected that would have brought an end to half a century of war. In the United Kingdom, voters chose to leave the European Union, making them the first country to do so since the Union's formation. In Thailand, voters gave the military greater control over the country, alienating the democratic process.

Most referendums passed by relatively narrow margins, and shook establishment ideals to their core. What are the inherent dangers in holding referendums? Watch today's Seeker Daily video to find out.

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The Wall Street Journal: Italy Referendum: Prime Minister Renzi Quits as Voters Deliver Stinging Rebuke

The Guardian: Brexit camp abandons £350m-a-week NHS funding pledge

Yahoo News: Catalonia leader promises 2017 independence referendum