Stealing the Initiative

Stealing the Initiative : How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy

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For courses in California Politics, Voting and Elections, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, State Politics, Electoral Politics, Interest Group Politics, Public Finance, American Politics.

By combining a general theoretical framework with empirical case studies of eleven recent initiatives and referendums, this text provides students with a set of analytical tools and examples to 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.
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 154.94 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130284076
  • 9780130284075

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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