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Educated by Initiative: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political Organizations in the American States
     

Educated by Initiative: The Effects of Direct Democracy on Citizens and Political Organizations in the American States

by Daniel A. Smith, Caroline Tolbert
 

ISBN-10: 0472068709

ISBN-13: 9780472068708

Pub. Date: 08/13/2004

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

"This body of research not only passes academic muster but is the best guidepost in existence for activists who are trying to use the ballot initiative process for larger policy and political objectives."
—Kristina Wilfore, Executive Director, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and Foundation

Educated by Initiative moves beyond previous evaluations

Overview

"This body of research not only passes academic muster but is the best guidepost in existence for activists who are trying to use the ballot initiative process for larger policy and political objectives."
—Kristina Wilfore, Executive Director, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center and Foundation

Educated by Initiative moves beyond previous evaluations of public policy to emphasize the educational importance of the initiative process itself. Since a majority of ballots ultimately fail or get overturned by the courts, Smith and Tolbert suggest that the educational consequences of initiative voting may be more important than the outcomes of the ballots themselves. The result is a fascinating and thoroughly-researched book about how direct democracy teaches citizens about politics, voting, civic engagement and the influence of special interests and political parties. Designed to be accessible to anyone interested in the future of American democracy, the book includes boxes (titled "What Matters") that succinctly summarize the authors' data into easily readable analyses.

Daniel A. Smith is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida.

Caroline J. Tolbert is Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472068708
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
08/13/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,024,398
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Prefacexi
1.The Progressive Era Vision: Instrumental and Educative Justifications of Direct Democracy1
2.The Education of Citizens: Voting31
3.The Education of Citizens: Civic Engagement53
4.The Education of Citizens: Confidence in Government72
5.The Education of Special Interests87
6.The Education of Political Parties112
7.The Educative Possibilities and Limitations of Citizen Lawmaking136
Appendix149
Notes165
References201
Index219

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