Power to the People examines the first session of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature, in 1937, to determine whether the Legislature's structure and rules reflected populism, progressivism, or simply a variant of liberal democracy. The book considers the notion that the one-house, nonpartisan legislature adopted by Nebraska's citizens is a reflection of the desire for "the people," rather than the elites, to control government. Building on the work of the new institutionalism and applying the principles of social choice, Power to the People argues that the structure and procedures of an institution affect its product as well as the philosophies on which it is founded.
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About the Author
Charlyne Berens is Associate Professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Nebraska and Social Choice Chapter 3 Social Choice and Legislative Institutions Chapter 4 The Liberal Democracy Model Chapter 5 The Populist Model Chapter 6 The Progressive Model Chapter 7 Nebraska's Legislative History Chapter 8 The Unicameral Legislative History Chapter 9 The Unicameral Coordinates Shared Interests Chapter 10 The Unicameral and Collective Action Chapter 11 The Unicameral Collective Choice Chapter 12 The People's House Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index