Plebiscite

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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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  • a vote by the electorate determining public opinion on a question of national importance

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Plebiscite Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A plebiscite or referendum is a type of voting, or of proposing laws. Some definitions of 'plebiscite' suggest that it is a type of vote to change the constitution or government of a country.

There are two types of result

It usually depends on the country's history and constitution what sort of referendum/plebiscite is used. In Switzerland a referendum is usually mandatory, because the people are seen as the source of the government's mandate (power) to govern.

In the United Kingdom referenda have only been advisory, because the government say that the people elected to Parliament make the decisions. The referendum on the independence of Scotland was an exception. It was legally binding, but it was not a referendum of the UK electorate. It was restricted to present residents of Scotland.



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* If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making - Herbert Spencer


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