Demanding Choices: Opinion, Voting, and Direct Democracy

Demanding Choices: Opinion, Voting, and Direct Democracy

by Shaun Bowler, Todd Andrew Donovan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472109421

ISBN-13: 9780472109425

Pub. Date: 12/01/1998

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

In Demanding Choices, Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan explore how voters make decisions in direct referenda. The authors ask if voters have easy and accessible information about an issue and if the choices voters make seem sensible given their interests and the information they have. Looking at the way voters respond to different kinds of questions, the authors suggest…  See more details below

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In Demanding Choices, Shaun Bowler and Todd Donovan explore how voters make decisions in direct referenda. The authors ask if voters have easy and accessible information about an issue and if the choices voters make seem sensible given their interests and the information they have. Looking at the way voters respond to different kinds of questions, the authors suggest that while direct democracy has its failings, the flaws do not necessarily lie with citizens being "duped", or with voters approving propositions they do not want or understand.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472109425
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
1The History of Direct Democracy: A Critique of Voter Competence1
2Reasoning Voters: Sorting through the Demands of Direct Democracy21
3Responding to Demands: Information, Abstention, and Just Saying "No"43
4Economic Conditions and Voting on Ballot Propositions67
5Private Interests and Instrumental Voting85
6Voter Response to the Initiative Logroll and the Counterproposition107
7Partisan Interests and Campaign Information: Support for Term Limits129
8How Campaign Spending Affects Voter Awareness and Opinions of Initiatives147
9Conclusions about Voter Reasoning in Direct Democracy165
App. ACoding of Variables on Private Interests and Voting Behavior175
References179
Index195

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