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Stealing the Initiative: How State Government Responds to Direct Democracy Paperback – August 31, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0130284075 ISBN-10: 0130284076 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (August 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130284076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130284075
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book uses eleven recent California initiatives and referendums to provide readers with a set of analytical tools and examples that will 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. A wide range of policy areas cover tobacco tax, transportation, legislative spending provision, term limits provision, open primaries, and bilingual education. This book also includes varied conclusions about how to reform the initiative process to improve direct democracy. For citizens who want to understand and/or increase their role in government.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ArghPenNames on November 18, 2011
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I was assigned this book for a graduate level seminar. The book gave a formidable insight on the initiative process in the California. It was organized in such a way to illustrate what the pros and cons of the initiative process are and the implementation, then gave case studies for specific propositions. The case studies were informative and allowed you to form your own opinion on the initiative process. Although the title of the book might implore a negative view of the initiative process, I was able to take good and bad things out of it. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in California politics or just direct democracy.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Techer on November 13, 2011
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This book really sucks. It's poorly organized and doesn't have anything interesting to say. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

I have only heard about this book second hand- so perhaps take with a grain of salt. But the person I heard it from had nothing but negative things to say about the book.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By superluigi on November 13, 2011
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This book is very poorly organized. It does not convey its message well, and is generally uninformative. DO NOT BUY/READ IT.
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