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Why Don’t Referenda Work? Blame Older Voters

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By Aruna Krishna, Deputy News Editor A recent piece of research conducted by a LSE faculty member concludes that referenda that are favourable to the elderly are unsuitable for eliciting long term political benefits. The research showed an overwhelming tendency for older voters to vote for their generation’s self-interest. In an ageing population, where older people are–or will soon be–the majority demographic group, this means that political decisions seen as having…