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 is similar to a referendum. In some countries, these words are synonyms while in other countries these are different types of voting and have different legal consequences.

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.



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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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