National Discussion

National Discussion


in socialist states one of the manifestations of direct democracy; in particular, a form of participation by citizens in creating laws.

As distinct from a national referendum, a national discussion is not a form of ratifying a law or deciding a problem, but rather has a consultative character. The remarks, desires, and suggestions concerning a published legislative bill, as expressed by citizens during the course of a national discussion, are taken into consideration by the legislative organs for the purpose of improving the legislation. In the USSR the practice of conducting national discussions is being developed more and more as one of the ways of improving socialist democracy and of drawing Soviet citizens into the law-making activity of the state.

A widespread national discussion was carried out in the USSR, for example, in 1956 over bills on the state pension, in 1968 on the draft of the Principles of Land Legislation, and in 1970 on the draft of the Principles of Water Legislation.


Kotok, V. F. Referendum v sisteme sotsialisticheskoi demokratii. Moscow, 1964.


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And yet, however just these sentiments will be allowed to be, we have already sufficient indications that it will happen in this as in all former cases of great national discussion.
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The aim is to encourage a national discussion about organ donation.
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The remarks come amid a growing national discussion about young British people travelling to the Middle East to fight alongside terrorist organizations like ISIL.
These national dialogues and seminars aim to diagnose the root cause of extremism and study how to deal with it through a public and national discussion.
The strategy was based on an expanded national discussion that included a number of partners and stakeholders in addition to the employees of the agriculture minister," Lahoud said, adding that it took into consideration a set of priorities pointed out by a steering committee, which included prominent officials at the ministry.
Anita risked public ridicule and worse to openly speak the truth, and her testimony sparked a national discussion about issues of race, gender, and sexual harassment.

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