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For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy

John G. Matsusaka


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. This book provides an even-handed and historically based treatment of the subject. Drawing upon a century of evidence, the author 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 proces ... More

Keywords: direct democracy, United States, initiatives, referendums, elected officials, tax, expenditure, social policies, special interest groups

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780226510811
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226510873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John G. Matsusaka, author