Initiative and referendum voting : governing through direct democracy in the United States / Rich Braunstein.

Braunstein, Richard [Browse]
New York : LFB Scholarly Pub., 2004.
xiv, 164 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


Summary note
Annotation Braunstein s work explores all aspects of initiative and referendum voting, including the subject matter of proposed laws, their potential costs and benefits, ballot issue campaign finance, and the electoral success for each initiative in California, Colorado, and South Dakota. He tests the validity of competing claims that direct democracy is either the bane of democratic publics or their safeguard. His conclusions demonstrate that voters are more sophisticated than many commentators think, that voting behavior reflects a preference for measures with widely accessible benefits, and that inclusive public policy can result from ballot issue elections even those funded by organized interests. These findings challenge a perception that special interests, professional consultants, and governing elites dominate direct democracy.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-159) and index.
Action note
Committed to retain in perpetuity — ReCAP Shared Collection (HUL)
  • Ballot Issue Politics in the United States
  • Contemporary Practice
  • Digging A Bit Deeper
  • Historical Foundations of Direct Democracy
  • Transformation and Political Change
  • Progressives and Special Interests
  • Institutional Reform
  • Direct Democracy in California, Colorado and South Dakota
  • California
  • Colorado
  • South Dakota
  • Legislative Types Produced in Initiative and Referendum Elections
  • Differences in Typology Outcomes
  • Explaining Outcome Differences
  • Pursuing Reform Through Initiative and Referendum
  • Governance Policy in the Twentieth Century
  • Measuring Contemporary Reform
  • The Impact of Campaign Finance on Ballot Issue Politics
  • Resource Bias in Ballot Issue Elections
  • Analyzing the Source of Campaign Finance
  • The Subject Categories of Direct Democracy
  • A New National Dataset
  • Subject Categories
  • Subject Matter Expectations
  • Findings: The National Data
  • Findings: California, Colorado and South Dakota
  • Campaign Spending
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Changes Over Time
  • Into Direct Democracy's Second Century
  • The Benefits of Direct Democracy
  • Expanding Our Focus
  • Initiative Petition Signature Requirements.
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