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The Economist | Plebiscites in Europe: Referendumania

Take Away: But use to impose accountability on representatives. For example, an initiative to require a civil prosecution of abuse of power to “dis bar” officials from their position. Not a recall, which should be permitted anyway, but a proceeding triggered by a complaint that the official has gone beyond an error in judgment.

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21699146-direct-democracy-spreading-across-europe-not-always-good-thing-referendumania?frsc=dg%7Cc