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Outline two differences between a referendum and an election.

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´╗┐Outline two differences between a referendum and an election. Elections and Referendums are commonly mistaken for being distinctively similar, but in fact they have many differences, for example; An Election is a official decision making process by which citizens vote for an individual to hold public office whereas a referendum is a direct vote in which voters are asked to agree/disagree with a particular proposition. A referendum is seen as a form of direct democracy; the electorates influence the decision being made, although referendums are not legally binding, where as election are. ...read more.


Referendums can be held on a local, regional/ national level. Elections however are held consecutively every 4 years; this emphasizes the representation of direct democracy as the citizens have little say, unlike referendums, which are usually held at the peak of a public disruption. Explain 2 ways in which a citizen can participate in political activity other than voting/joining a political party. Some various methods of participating in politics, other than voting/joining a party, that may be considered are: Pressure groups or being involved in an e-petition. ...read more.


Being in a pressure group may mean involving in lobbying techniques and propaganda. An e-petition is an online formal request signed by +1 people that asks parliament to take action for a particular cause. E-petitions may be linked to pressure groups through showing a strong belief towards a particular cause, although they differ as they are much more accessible to join and start up as they are based online and are accessible to anyone. Both e-petitions and pressure groups are known to provoke referendums to be conducted on behalf of the elected. This shows direct democracy in government; the people have the power to provoke change. Charlotte Tatham ...read more.

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