mandate n 1 dictate, *command, order, injunction, bidding, behest
Analogous words: charging or charge, direction, instruction (see corresponding verbs at COMMAND): sanctioning or sanction, endorsement, approval (see corresponding verbs at APPROVE)
2 Mandate, initiative, referendum, plebiscite are comparable when meaning a political action or procedure whereby a constituency instructs or gives information of its desires to its legislature or legislators.
Mandate, the most general of these terms, applies to instruction delivered by the people (as by a general vote or by a choice in an election) that makes their wishes clear not only to their representatives in a legislature but also to those who hold the executive power, or, in an extended sense, to those who represent them in any way or who by the nature of their office or duties are necessarily responsive to the will of the people

the president of the United States, reelected by an enormous majority, declared that he had a mandate from the people to continue his policies

Initiative often denotes a right, but when it denotes a procedure, it implies recognition of the right of a group of voters or, more often, of a clearly defined number of voters, to propose a new measure or a constitutional amendment to a legislature

the initiative, both as a right and as a procedure, is legally recognized in many of the states of the United States of America

Referendum applies to the practice, adopted by some states and cities in the United States, of sending measures that have been considered by or proposed to the legislative body to the voters for approval or rejection or for an expression of their wishes.
Plebiscite basically applies to a vote of the people usually by universal suffrage on some measure submitted to them by the group or the body having the initiative. Sometimes plebiscite implies a vote of the population of a territorial unit that testifies to their wishes especially as to the form of government they will accept, or their choice in a proposed merger with either of two nations.

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