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Single Idea 23254

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 5. Democracy / a. Nature of democracy]

Full Idea

A threshhold or supermajority bar (such as 60%) is the appropriate way to deal with highly consequential questions.

Gist of Idea

Democracies should require a supermajority for major questions


A.C. Grayling (The Good State [2020], p.23)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'The Good State' [Oneworld 2021], p.23

A Reaction

This seems to be a very conservative view, because rejection of a major change is a decision in favour of the status quo. Would this rule apply equally to abolishing capital punishment and to reintroducing it?