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DIRECT DEMOCRACY. The Politics Of Initiative, Referendum, And Recall.

Cronin, Thomas E.

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ISBN 10: 0674210255 / ISBN 13: 9780674210257
Published by Twentieth Century Fund Book/Harvard University Press:, 1989
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289 pages. The author "examines the uses of the initiative and referendum offered in 26 states over the years, including some very difficult recent issues such as tax caps on spending, the death penalty, pornography, prayer in schools, abortion, and homosexual rights- and he makes sense out of the sponsors' motives and the voters' reactions." FINE HARDCOVER, FINE- DUST JACKET, signed by the author. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 018894

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Title: DIRECT DEMOCRACY. The Politics Of Initiative...

Publisher: Twentieth Century Fund Book/Harvard University Press:

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine-

Signed: Signed by Author

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A decade ago, as we celebrated the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitutions ratification, we were mindful that the founding fathers were fearful of direct democracy; virtuous representatives were to be at the center of the new political experiment. Ballot democracy, populist democracy, democracy by initiative, referendum, and recallhowever one labels itis only one hundred years old in the United States and has been in and out of fashion during that time. At the writing of this book there was a resurgence of interest in new kinds of forces trying to overturn legislative and executive fiat by direct ballot. In this book Thomas Cronin suggests why this is so, how it is working, and what should be done. Cronin examines the use of the initiative and referendum offered in twenty-six states over the yearsincluding some very difficult issues such as tax caps on spending, the death penalty, pornography, prayer in schools, abortion and homosexual rightsand he makes sense out of the sponsors motives and the voters reactions. Through the analysis of hundreds of reports, studies, hearings, polls, and interviews that cover the country from Maine to California, he provides evidence to assess the state of participatory democracywhat happens when people decide to take charge after they perceive that their elected officials have failed to understand them.

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At publication Thomas Cronin was McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership, The Colorado College and the author of a number of books including The State of the Presidency; U.S. v. Crime in the Streets and Government by the People

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