So, how democratic are REFERENDUMS?

Untelevised: The Podcast

25-08-2021 • 1 hr 7 mins

It's our last episode for this season, which means we’re wrapping up our exploration of democracy!

Over the season we've looked at what the word means in theory, in practice, the systems it influences and the systems it is influenced by. Many of our discussions have revolved around the idea of everyday citizens having more opportunities to contribute directly to the decisions that govern our society. So to conclude the season, we're exploring what this might look like and what impact it would have, using referendums as a starting point.

***Apologies for the intermittent drilling! The perils of remote recording!***

Learn - what is a referendum? (3 mins 15 secs)

Discuss - Ralph Scott, PhD Candidate in Politics at University of Manchester (5 mins 45 secs) find them on Twitter/ LinkedIn

Share - what can we all do? (51 mins)

Things we mentioned (or think you should check out):

Democracy Episode; Democratic Workplace Episode; Democratic Housing Episode; Running as a Candidate Episode; Democratic Media Episode; Citizens' Assemblies Episode; Democratic Education Episode; A history of referendums in the UK; What is the EU?; Register to vote; Citizenship National Curriculum Guidance; Bernard Crick and Citizenship 1; The Electoral Commission; Misleading Ad Campaigns; Report bad ads; Advocacy Academy; The Politics Project; Hope Note Hate; Freedom in the World Report; Measure of Democracy (V-Dem); British Columbia Citizens' Assembly.

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