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Coming Age of Direct Democracy California's Recall and Beyond

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ISBN-10: 0742538729

ISBN-13: 9780742538726

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mark Baldassare, Cheryl Katz

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This book examines the unique form of democracy that has been taking shape in California since the historic recall of Gray Davis and the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003. The authors examine how Governor Schwarzenegger's leadership has encouraged the growth of direct democracy, in which public policy decisions are made by voters at the ballot box rather than by elected representatives in the legislature. Using the Public Policy Institute of California Statewide Surveys, which include interviews with more than 150,000 Californians, Baldassare and Katz detail the transformation in the state's political climate and the public attitudes behind this change. The authors conclude that this transformation will likely take place in other states, perhaps even nationwide, and offer recommendations for ways to improve policymaking in a hybrid democracy. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

CHERYL and JEFFREY KATZ are the founders of the design firm C&J Katz Studio in the dog-friendly city of Boston, Massachusetts. CHERYL and JEFFREY KATZ are the founders of the design firm C&J Katz Studio in the dog-friendly city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: A New Era in Direct Democracy?
Political Change Takes Root: The 2002 Elections
Voters' Revolt: The Gubernatorial Recall and 2003 Special Election
The Year of Recovery: Bipartisan Cooperation and Populism in 2004
The Year of Reform: Partisan Conflict and the 2005 Special Election
The Year of Rebuilding: Reconstruction and Reconciliation in 2006
Epilogue: Toward a Hybrid Democracy
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors