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Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy / Edition 1

Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy / Edition 1

by Elisabeth R. Gerber


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Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy / Edition 1

This book uses eleven recent California initiatives and referendums to provide readers with a set of analytical tools and examples that will help them better understand real politics. It clarifies the public consequences, and studies the great variations of what happens to initiatives that win on Election Day and withstand judicial review. Research is presented in an effective and efficient manner, along with key factors that lead policy actors to implement and enforce initiatives and referendums fully, partially, and not at all—a social phenomenon that affects our lives in fundamental ways. A wide range of policy areas cover tobacco tax, transportation, legislative spending provision, term limits provision, open primaries, and bilingual education. This book also includes varied conclusions about how to reform the initiative process to improve direct democracy. For citizens who want to understand and/or increase their role in government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900130284074
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 09/04/2000
Series: Real Politics in America Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Background on California's Initiative Process.
3. The Politics of Initiative Compliance.
4. Methodology.
5. Proposition 63 of 1986, English Only.
6. Proposition 97 of 1988, Cal/OSHA.
7. Proposition 99 of 1988, Tobacco Tax.
8. Proposition 116 of 1990, Transportation.
9. Proposition 140 of 1990, Legislative Spending Provision.
10. Proposition 140 of 1990, Term Limits Provision.
11. Proposition 184 of 1994, Three Strikes.
12. Proposition 198 of 1996, Open Primaries.
13. Proposition 227 of 1998, Bilingual Education.
14. Proposition 4 of 1979, Gann Limit.
15. Public School Finance and the Limited Legacy of Proposition 13.
16. Conclusion.
Appendix: Additional Information about the Data.
Tables and Figures.

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