On Geopolitics

Weighing the Wrath of the Referendums

Reva Goujon
VP of Global Analysis, Stratfor
Dec 20, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
Yellow vest protesters gather at the Place de l'Opera in Paris on Dec. 15, 2018.

Yellow vest protesters gather at the Place de l'Opera in Paris on Dec. 15. The French acronym "RIC" on some of the signs seen in this photograph stands for Citizens' Initiative Referendum -- a demand that the government hold referendums to allow voters to screen policy proposals.

(JEFF J MITCHELL/Getty Images)

When, where, under whose authority and under what circumstances is it politically sanitary to allow ordinary citizens to vote directly on massively impactful policies? While many Brexit-brooding Brits today could use a definitive answer to this question, the truth is, nobody really knows. This is a debate that has been...

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