What is the role of referendums in our democracy?
For some, referendums are a means for demagogues to undermine parliamentary sovereignty. For others, they’re a vital exercise in engaging citizens on crucial constitutional issues that can’t be settled by parties alone.
Yet referendums aren’t good or bad in themselves; they are a democratic tool with positives and negatives. The quality of information and debate can vary enormously.
Our Better Referendum online toolkit, organised with university partners, took advantage of digital technology to enable free, deliberative discussion to be a part of the EU referendum. Find out more in our report It’s Good to Talk.