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Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America

ISBN-10: 0742510425
ISBN-13: 9780742510425
Edition: 2001
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Description: Direct democracy is alive and growing in the form of statewide ballot initiatives. Currently, twenty-four states allow individuals and groups to propose laws for direct voter consideration and tens of millions of dollars flow into the initiative  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/11/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 6.996
Language: English

Direct democracy is alive and growing in the form of statewide ballot initiatives. Currently, twenty-four states allow individuals and groups to propose laws for direct voter consideration and tens of millions of dollars flow into the initiative industrial complex each election cycle. This book assesses the health of the initiative process through the insights of the leading initiative scholars, top journalists, and important political consultants from across the country. The book provides a critical and balanced look into a political mechanism that is having a profound influence on American politics.

Dr. Sabato is an election analyst, a former Rhodes Scholar & Danforth fellow. He has appeared on dozens of nationally broadcast television shows, including "Nightline", "Face the Nation", "The Today Show", "Good Morning America", "48 Hours", "Larry King Live", & the "Jim Lehrer News Hour". He has served on many national & state commissions & is the recipient of more than two dozen major scholarships, grants & academic awards.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Historical Role of Narrow-Material Interests in Initiative Politics
Challenging Initiatives: More than Just Special-Interest Money, an Issue of Political Civility
Initiative Politics: A Useful Blend of Vested Interests and Citizen Politics
The Populist Legacy: Initiatives and the Undermining of Representative Government
Time to Walk the Talk
Dumber than Chimps? An Assessment of Direct Democracy Voters
Campaign Financing of Ballot Initiatives in the American States
Regulations on the Ballot Initiative Process: Interfering with Political Liberty
The Initiative Process: Where People Count
Political Consultants and the Initiative Industrial Complex
The Initiative Campaign Business: A Consultant's Perspective
Observations of Initiative Elections
The Logic of Reform: Assessing Initiative Reform Strategies
Prospects of Reforming the Initiative Process
An Alligator in the Bathtub: Assessing Initiative Reform Proposals
A Call for Change: Making the Best of Initiative Politics
Response to "A Call for Change"
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Contributors

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