Dangerous Democracy? / Edition 1by Larry J. Sabato
Pub. Date: 05/02/2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Direct democracy is alive and growing in the form of statewide ballot initiatives. Currently, twenty-four states allow individuals and groups to propose laws for direct voter consideration and tens of millions of dollars flow into the initiative industrial complex each election cycle. This book assesses the health of the initiative process through the insights of the leading initiative scholars, top journalists, and important political consultants from across the country. The book provides a critical and balanced look into a political mechanism that is having a profound influence on American politics.
Table of ContentsPart 1 The Historical Role of Narrow-Material Interests in Initiative Politics Chapter 2 Challenging Initiatives: More than Just Special-Interest Money, an Issue of Political Civility Chapter 3 Initiative Politics: A Useful Blend of Vested Interests and Citizen Politics Part 4 The Populist Legacy: Initiatives and the Undermining of Representative Government Chapter 5 Time to Walk the Talk Chapter 6 Dumber than Chimps? An Assessment of Direct Democracy Voters Part 7 Campaign Financing of Ballot Initiatives in the American States Chapter 8 Ballot Initiative Regulation Interferes with Political Liberty Chapter 9 The Initiative Process: Where People Count Part 10 Political Consultants and the Initiative Industrial Complex Chapter 11 The Campaign Business: a Consultant's Perspective Chapter 12 Observations of Initiative Elections Part 13 The Logic of Reform: Assessing Initiative Reform Strategies Chapter 14 Prospects of Reforming the Initiative Process Some Thoughts Chapter 15 An Alligator in the Bathtub: Assessing Initiative Reform Proposals Part 16 A Call for Change: Making the Best of Initiative Politics Chapter 17 Response to "A Call for Change" Chapter 18 Biblography Chapter 19 Index
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