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The Advisory Referendum in America
Ralph M. Goldman
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer, 1950), pp. 303-315
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Association for Public Opinion Research
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2745800
Page Count: 13
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The advisory referendum, wherein voters make their views known on important issues without thereby binding legislation to action, has been used by a considerable number of state and local governments in this country. The earliest examples go back to the 18th century, but a number of states and cities have adopted the advisory referendum procedure in the present century. While institution of the advisory referendum at the national level would raise a number of problems for which ready solutions are not available, it would tend to increase public participation in important issues and to improve communication between legislators and the electorate.
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