Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy
©2001 |Pearson | Available
Elisabeth R. Gerber
Mathew D. McCubbis, all of University of California, San Diego
D. Roderick Kiewiet, California Institute of Technology
©2001 |Pearson | Available
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.
Presents instructors with a format that allows discussion of general principles of policy implementation or a more substantive discussion of state policy making/specific famous ballot initiatives. Offers students a quick but thorough understanding of the post-election politics of the initiative process. Ex.___
Gives students many vivid examples that explain why only some winning initiatives affect policy. Ex.___
Shows students how, under normal conditions, politics play a big role in determining the extent to which winning initiatives are implemented. Ex.___
Allows students to see how the initiative process affects policies important to large populations. Ex.___
Alerts students to the potential conflicts between the types of initiatives that prevail on Election day and the types that of initiatives that government actors' are likely to implement if voters approve them. Ex.___
Supplies students with concrete, controversial suggestions for improving direct democracy and citizens' role in government. Ex.___
Familiarizes students with the many initiatives which are still important components of California politics—and some which are part of the national political discourse. Ex.___
2. Background on California's Initiative Process.
3. The Politics of Initiative Compliance.
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.
Appendix: Additional Information about the Data.
Tables and Figures.
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