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The Referendum: Direct democracy and the Constitution

Law lecture

In 1975, we held our first, and - so far - our only nationwide referendum. It was on whether we should remain in the European Community, as it then was. Until then, the referendum was widely regarded as unconstitutional. Yet, a number of sub-national referendums have been held since 1997 - mainly on devolution - and more are promised - on such issues as entry into the euro. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the referendum? Does it have any role at all in a parliamentary system of government? What are likely to be the constitutional consequences of the increasing resort to the referendum device?


Professor Vernon Bogdanor | talks | www


Date and Time:

24 October 2006 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Gresham College
Barnard's Inn Hall
+44 20 78 31 05 75

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