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Dangerous Democracy – Citizens’ Initiated Referenda in California


Anne Twomey


The University of Sydney Law School

November 4, 2010

Public Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 2 pp. 70-76, 2010
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/116

Abstract:     
In theory, the use of citizens’ initiated referenda as a means of amending the Constituiton offers the promise of a more representative and participatory democracy, where government works to serve the interests of the people, rather than the interests of government. This article looks at the experience of citizens’ initiated referenda in California, through Australian eyes. It considers the detrimental effects of citizens’ initiated referenda, including the debasement of the status of the Constitution as a fundamental document, the failure to achieve outcomes that are genuinely representative of the will of the people and the undermining of the capacity of governments to govern.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 9

Keywords: direct democracy, citizens’ initiated referendum, constitutional amendment, campaign finance, voting, representative government, reform, California

JEL Classification: K10, K30


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Date posted: November 6, 2010  

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Twomey, Anne, Dangerous Democracy – Citizens’ Initiated Referenda in California (November 4, 2010). Public Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 2 pp. 70-76, 2010; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 10/116. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1703201

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Anne Twomey (Contact Author)
The University of Sydney Law School ( email )
New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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