Commentary on “Regulating Democracy Through Democracy: The Use of Direct Legislation in Election Law Reform” – Commentary by Nolan McCarty

From Volume 78, Number 4 (May 2005)

At no time since the Populist and Progressive Eras has the confidence in America’s electoral process been so low. Just as those movements agitated in favor of an expanded franchise, nonpartisan elections, and the direct election of senators, current reformers have set their sights on term limits, the campaign finance system, and the mechanics of voting. Thus, it seems apropos to explore the link between one of the achievements of the earlier era, the voter initiative, and the uneven adoption of contemporary reform.



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