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The Deliberative Case for Constitutional Referenda

Levy, Ron


In this article I examine controversies over the use of referenda and plebiscites for constitutional reform. My chief example is a recent development toward plebiscitary democracy in Australia. Although there is no legal requirement in Australia for a popular vote to legalize same-sex marriage, the federal government has considered holding such a vote. Marriage rights provide a key example in which the normative case for direct democratic constitutional reform remains unsettled, and indeed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Election Law Journal
DOI: 10.1089/elj.2016.0412


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