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 (plĕb′ĭ-sīt′, -sĭt)
1. A direct vote in which the entire electorate is invited to accept or refuse a proposal: The new constitution was ratified in a plebiscite.
2. A vote in which a population exercises the right of national self-determination.

[French plébiscite, from Latin plēbiscītum : plēbis, genitive of plēbs, the people; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + scītum, decree, from neuter past participle of scīscere, to vote for, inchoative of scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]

ple·bis′ci·tar′y (plə-bĭs′ĭ-tĕr′ē, plĕb′ĭ-sĭt′ə-rē) adj.
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The diversities in the federation will be overcome by a plebiscitary democracy held around a powerful central leader and his party.
If anything, they could operate even less democratically than traditional parties, owing to their strong plebiscitary forms of leadership.
10) By implication, in a democratic regime, the sovereign people can be said to act through plebiscitary initiative and then "go to sleep," leaving the "government" (which would include, in the United States, the Supreme Court) to administer its fundamental law.
Together they formed a pre-election coalition (Together for Yes) for what they designated as a plebiscitary election.
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And a country may practice plebiscitary democracy or populist democracy without a rule of law framework, as with the Jacobins and their theoretician: Rousseau.
26) This has given German democracy a plebiscitary element that undermines the constitution's parliamentary representative principles.
It is, however, a commonplace that in a society of a certain size and complexity, the first option--direct, universal participatory democracy--is impracticable, and universal plebiscitary democracy is practicable only at special "constitutional" moments.
Add all that up and you get a glimpse of the governmental and fiscal messes that Proposition 13 and its plebiscitary progeny have generated.
56) These authors make a causal link between the type of political regime and the way in which tranzition unfolds: with this respect, in Benin, the plebiscitary one-party system is a "cause" in itself of National Conference, and in RDC, personal dictatorship is a "cause" of failure of NC, the ruler may be removed only with violence.
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