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Overview

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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What People Are Saying

Peter Eisinger
Readers will appreciate not only the fine case studies. . . but also the frank portraits of the tax crusaders themselves. This book will certainly cause us to think carefully before we ever again lightly use the term 'grassroots democracy.'
Alan Rosenthal
. . .The author demonstrates that direct democracy. . .may have at tis foundation astroturf rather than grassroots. -- Rutgers University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415919913
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel A. Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Denver. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Direct Democracy and Conventional Wisdom

1 The Politics of Direct Democracy

2 Taxes, The Initiative Process, and the Legacy of Howard Jarvis

3 Populism and Faus Populist Moments

4 Howard Jarvis, the United Organizations of

Taxpayers, and the Los Angeles Apartment Owners Association -- Propping Up Proposition 13

5 Barbara Anderson, Citizens for Limited Taxation, and the Massachusetts Hight Tech Council -- Going High Tech

6 Douglass Bruce and Colorado's Taxpayers Bill of

Rights -- A Solo Crusade

7 The Process of Direct Democracy and the Appeal of Faux Populism

Notes; Resource Guide; Bibliography; Index

astroturf rather than grass roots (Alan Rosenthal, Rutgers University)

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