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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 referendum, very similar, but not the same, as a plebiscite, is a vote by all the people about a political issue.

There are two types of referendum result

It usually depends on the country's history and constitution what sort of referendum 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 referendums have only been advisory, because the government say that the people elected parliament to make decisions.

An example of a proposed plebiscite was the 2011 decision by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to let the Greek people vote on whether the heavily indebted nation would accept a €130 billion bailout package from the European Union. The idea shocked eurozone nations, as a "no" vote could mean Greece defaulting on its national debt, and leaving the European Union and the eurozone. However, the vote was cancelled.

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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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