Friday, April 29, 2011

"Direct democracy: Origin of the species: From Athens via Switzerland to the Wild West"

"But initiatives (called “propositions” in California once they are listed on an actual ballot) had the most potential to turn politics upside down. They turn voters into legislators, since a successful initiative becomes statute. In states like California, initiatives can even turn voters into founding fathers who amend the state constitution. There are worlds of nuance in the detail. The package that California chose was especially powerful."

The Economist has more.

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