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The Referendum: Direct Democracy and the Constitution

Lecture by Vernon Bogdanor

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 non nation-wide referendums have since been held - mainly on devolution - and more are promised. What are the advantages and disadvantages? 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 January 2006 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Gresham College
Barnard's Inn Hall
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