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A Study in Direct Democracy: The Citizen Initiative & the Determinants of Voter Behavior

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dc.contributor.author Schum, Richard M.
dc.creator Schum, Richard M.
dc.date 2008-11-14
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-03T16:28:50Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2009-02-03T16:28:50Z
dc.date.issued 2009-02-03T16:28:50Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/3409
dc.description.abstract This research looked at the use of citizen initiatives in the American states to identify trends in voter behavior. The findings indicate that voters structure their choices on ballot measures with at least one thought in mind: to hold government actors and institutions accountable. While there are many factors that affect the electoral fate of an initiative, it appears that reforming government is paramount, given the prevalence of governance reforms during the period under scrutiny. This priority is often construed as a conservative bias in favor of limited government; however, the prevalence of successful policy measures that expand the size or scope of government suggests that this is not the case. Rather, two different dynamics are in play—one that tends to limit the discretion of government officials and another that tends to expand the policy scope of government.
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.subject Initiative en_US
dc.subject Referendum en_US
dc.subject Governance en_US
dc.subject Direct Democracy en_US
dc.subject Ballot Measure en_US
dc.title A Study in Direct Democracy: The Citizen Initiative & the Determinants of Voter Behavior en
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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