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The Resource For the many or the few : the initiative, public policy, and American democracy, John G. Matsusaka

For the many or the few : the initiative, public policy, and American democracy, John G. Matsusaka

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For the many or the few : the initiative, public policy, and American democracy
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For the many or the few
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the initiative, public policy, and American democracy
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John G. Matsusaka
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eng
Summary
Direct democracy is alive and well in the United States. Citizens are increasingly using initiatives and referendums to take the law into their own hands, overriding their elected officials to set tax, expenditure, and social policies. John G. Matsusaka's For the Many or the Few provides the first even-handed and historically based treatment of the subject. Drawing upon a century of evidence, Matsusaka argues against the popular belief that initiative measures are influenced by wealthy special interest groups that neglect the majority view. Examining demographic, political, and opinion data, he demonstrates how the initiative process brings about systematic changes in tax and expenditure policies of state and local governments that are generally supported by the citizens. He concludes that, by and large, direct democracy in the form of the initiative process works for the benefit of the many rather than the few. An unprecedented, comprehensive look at the historical, empirical, and theoretical components of how initiatives function within our representative democracy to increase political competition while avoiding the tyranny of the majority, For the Many or the Few is a most timely and definitive work.--
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Matsusaka, John G
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non fiction
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  • Referendum
  • Democracy
  • Fiscal policy
  • United States
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For the many or the few : the initiative, public policy, and American democracy, John G. Matsusaka
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-194) and index
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Contents
1. An American Institution 2. A Blizzard of Data Part I - The Evidence 3. Spending and Taxes, 1970-2000 4. For the Many or the Few 5. Conservative or Liberal Part II - Explaining the Facts 6. When Legislators Get Out of Step 7. Key Episodes in the Twentieth Century Part III - Open Questions 8. Majority Tyranny and the Constitution 9. Delegation, Information, and Competition Appendix 1. Initiative Provisions in States, 1898-2003 Appendix 2. Initiative Provisions in the Twenty Largest Cities, 2000 Appendix 3. Data Definitions and Sources Appendix 4. Critical Notes on the Empirical Literature Notes
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FIEb17602816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 201 pages
Isbn
9780226510828
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (CtY)6691530
  • (CStRLIN)CTYA6691530-B
  • (OCoLC)54365369
Label
For the many or the few : the initiative, public policy, and American democracy, John G. Matsusaka
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-194) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
1. An American Institution 2. A Blizzard of Data Part I - The Evidence 3. Spending and Taxes, 1970-2000 4. For the Many or the Few 5. Conservative or Liberal Part II - Explaining the Facts 6. When Legislators Get Out of Step 7. Key Episodes in the Twentieth Century Part III - Open Questions 8. Majority Tyranny and the Constitution 9. Delegation, Information, and Competition Appendix 1. Initiative Provisions in States, 1898-2003 Appendix 2. Initiative Provisions in the Twenty Largest Cities, 2000 Appendix 3. Data Definitions and Sources Appendix 4. Critical Notes on the Empirical Literature Notes
Control code
FIEb17602816
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 201 pages
Isbn
9780226510828
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (CtY)6691530
  • (CStRLIN)CTYA6691530-B
  • (OCoLC)54365369

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