Why the Dutch plan to scrap advisory referendums is a step back for democracy

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Dutch voters will go to the polls on March 21 for a referendum on the Security Act 2017, a law which grants the authorities extended surveillance rights.

  • Matt Qvortrup
  • The Conversation

As in many other states, such legislation has raised concern in the Netherlands that the government is snooping on emails and other personal communication.

Sko 2bUnlike most countries, however, Dutch voters can currently do something about it thanks to a 2015 law that means the government must hold an advisory referendum if 300,000 voters call for one.

But the Dutch…

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