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- Power to the People: Checking Special Interests in California by Gordon Fisher, Stacy B./ Nalder, Kimberly L. and Lesenyie, Matthew
- The Limits of Citizen Support for Direct Democracy by Dyck, Joshua J. and Baldassare, Mark
- The Impact of Direct Democracy on Governance: A Replication and Extension by Lac, Ly T. and Lascher, Edward L.
- Redistricting California: An Evaluation of the Citizens Commission Final Plans by Kogan, Vladimir and McGhee, Eric
- End the High-School Dropout Crisis: Tie Minimum Wage to Graduation by Swamidass, Paul
The Impact of Direct Democracy on Governance: A Replication and Extension
1Department of Housing and Community Development, State of California, Sacramento, CA, USA
2Department of Public Policy and Administration, California State University, Sacramento, CA, USA
Citation Information: California Journal of Politics and Policy. Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 30–46, ISSN (Online) 1944-4370, ISSN (Print) 2194-6132, DOI: 10.1515/cjpp-2012-0021, January 2013
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Does the state ballot initiative process affect American states’ ability to meet widely accepted standards of “good governance?” This question is relevant in many places, but especially in California which makes the heaviest use of the popular initiative. While much recent non-academic work suggests the process has ill effects in the Golden State and elsewhere, there has been little systematic scholarly investigation of this topic; the notable exception is R.J. Dalton’s work in 2008. Building on, updating, and extending his study, we examine whether the presence and extent of ballot initiative use affects Government Performance Project grades. Controlling for many other variables, we find a generally negative relationship between initiative use and such grades. This has worrisome implications for governance.