How Much Does Money Matter in a Direct Democracy?

Princeton University Law and Public Affairs Working Paper

6 Pages Posted: 31 May 2005

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John M. de Figueiredo

Duke University School of Law; Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

Date Written: February 4, 2005

Abstract

This paper reviews the statistical literature on the effects of money on voter initiative and referendum campaigns. It discusses the main findings in the literature and identifies the shortcomings in statistical methods and results. It then discusses how one might approach these shortcomings with a new research design, with specific reference to work by Professor Thomas Stratmann.

Keywords: Referendums, initiatives, direct democracy, campaign finance

JEL Classification: H7, K3

Suggested Citation

de Figueiredo, John M., How Much Does Money Matter in a Direct Democracy? (February 4, 2005). Princeton University Law and Public Affairs Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=730964 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.730964

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