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The Coming Age Of Direct Democracy

Author : Mark Baldassare
ISBN : 0742538729
Genre : Political Science
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This book examines the new, hybrid democracy that has been taking shape in California since the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis and election of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Using the results of surveys with more than 150,000 Californians, the book reveals the public attitudes behind the move to supplant governance by elected representatives with an increased role for voters at the ballot box, and presents recommendations for ways to improve policymaking in a hybrid democracy.

Was Ist Demokratie

Author : Paul Nolte
ISBN : 9783406630293
Genre : Political Science
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Demokratie ist aktuell wie kaum zuvor – und wirft Fragen auf. Am Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts steht Euphorie unmittelbar neben tiefer Enttäuschung, der arabische Frühling in der islamischen Welt neben der Occupy-Bewegung und «Wutbürgern» im Westen. Gerade die Deutschen erhoben die Demokratie nach 1945 zu einem Denkmal, dem man mit Ehrfurcht begegnete. Aber die dramatisch wachsende Politikverdrossenheit und ein neues Phänomen wie «Stuttgart 21» zeigen, dass auch hierzulande die Zweifel zunehmen, ob die eingespielten Verfahren der parlamentarischen Demokratie wirklich noch ihrem zentralen Auftrag gerecht werden – den Willen des Volkes zu repräsentieren. Paul Nolte zeigt in seiner Darstellung, die historische Perspektiven, grundsätzliche Fragen und aktuelle Probleme brillant miteinander verbindet, dass die Geschichte der Demokratie nie nur von Wachstum, Fortschritt und Erfüllung handelte. Sie war immer zugleich eine krisenhafte Suche nach der Auflösung von Konflikten und Widersprüchen. Sein neues Buch, das erfrischend unprofessoral geschrieben ist, bietet einen fulminanten, glänzend informierten Überblick über die politische Lebensform «Demokratie».

The Recall

Author : Joseph F. Zimmerman
ISBN : 9781438449272
Genre : Political Science
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In-depth study of the recall, the most important popular device allowing voters to remove unresponsive elected officials from office. The recall, or “election in reverse,” is meant to allow voters to remove an elected official from office prior to the completion of his/her term in office. In this revised second edition of The Recall, Joseph F. Zimmerman examines the rise of the recall in the United States and its use by American voters. Proponents of the recall believe the threat of removal from office would ensure that elected officials would act in accord with the public’s will, while opponents fear their use would disrupt and inhibit public officers in the performance of their duties. Zimmerman provides a detailed analysis of how the recall has functioned in practice and discovers that the recall has seldom been employed against elected state officials. Although used more often against local government officials, the rate is still not exceptionally high when one considers the extremely large number of elected officials. After a century of use in the United States, the recall has not produced a new era of public official responsibility as hoped for by proponents, but neither has it caused extensive disruption of state and local governments, the original concern of early opponents.

Elections And Exit Polling

Author : Fritz J. Scheuren
ISBN : 0470291168
Genre : Mathematics
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"An understanding of the relationship between the product and the process in election polling is often lost. This edited volume unites ideas and researchers, with quality playing the central role." —J. Michael Brick, PhD, Director of the Survey Methods Unit, Westat, Inc. Elections and Exit Polling is a truly unique examination of the specialized surveys that are currently used to track and collect data on elections and voter preferences. Employing modern research from the past decade and a series of interviews with famed American pollster Warren Mitofsky (1934-2006), this volume provides a relevant and groundbreaking look at the key statistical techniques and survey methods for measuring voter preferences worldwide. Drawing on the most current studies on pre-election and exit polling, this book outlines improvements that have developed in recent years and the results of their implementation. Coverage begins with an introduction to exit polling and a basic overview of its history, structure, limitations, and applications. Subsequent chapters focus on the use of exit polling in the United States election cycles from 2000–2006 and the problems that were encountered by both pollsters and the everyday voter, such as how to validate official vote count, confidentiality, new voting methods, and continuing data quality concerns. The text goes on to explore the presence of these issues in international politics, with examples and case studies of elections from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Finally, looking to the upcoming 2008 U.S. presidential election, the discussion concludes with predictions and recommendations on how to gather more accurate and timely polling data. Research papers from over fifty eminent practitioners in the fields of political science and survey methods are presented alongside excerpts from the editors' own interviews with Mitofsky. The editors also incorporate their own reflections throughout and conclude each chapter with a Summary Observations section that highlights notable concepts and trends. The appendix features sample questionnaires from actual exit polling scenarios and an extensive bibliography directs the reader to additional references for further study. Combining wisdom from one of the most notable names in the field along with findings from modern research and insightful recommendations for future practices, Elections and Exit Polling is an excellent supplement for political science and survey research courses at the upper-undergraduate and graduate levels. It is also a one-of-a-kind reference for pollsters, survey researchers, statisticians, and anyone with a general interest in the methods behind global elections and exit polling.

Interest Group Influence In The California Initiative Process

Author : Elisabeth R. Gerber
ISBN : 1582130043
Genre : Political Science
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New York State Government And Politics In A Nutshell A Citizen S Primer

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ISBN : 9781434943088
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A Government By The People

Author : Thomas Goebel
ISBN : 9780807860182
Genre : History
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Between 1898 and 1918, many American states introduced the initiative, referendum, and recall--known collectively as direct democracy. Most interpreters have seen the motives for these reform measures as purely political, but Thomas Goebel demonstrates that the call for direct democracy was deeply rooted in antimonopoly sentiment. Frustrated with the governmental corruption and favoritism that facilitated the rise of monopolies, advocates of direct democracy aimed to check the influence of legislative bodies and directly empower the people to pass laws and abolish trusts. But direct democracy failed to achieve its promises: corporations and trusts continued to flourish, voter turnout rates did not increase, and interest groups grew stronger. By the 1930s, it was clear that direct democracy favored large organizations with the financial and organizational resources to fund increasingly expensive campaigns. Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of direct democracy, particularly in California, where ballot questions and propositions have addressed such volatile issues as gay rights and affirmative action. In this context, Goebel's analysis of direct democracy's history, evolution, and ultimate unsuitability as a grassroots tool is particularly timely.

Trump The Art Of The Deal

Author : Donald J. Trump
ISBN : 9783864704802
Genre : Political Science
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Donald Trump in Action – im Business, im Alltag, mit seinen Freunden, seinen Geschäftspartnern, seiner Familie. Hier finden Sie seine elf goldenen Regeln, destilliert aus seinen großartigsten Deals. Das ultimative Lesevergnügen für jeden, der Geld verdienen und erfolgreich sein möchte. Und seit dem 20. Januar 2017 auch für jeden, der verstehen möchte, wie der mächtigste Mann der Welt denkt.

Governance Im 21 Jahrhundert

Author : OECD
ISBN : 9264589368
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Mit dem Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts stehen weitere dramatische Umwälzungen in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft an der Tagesordnung. Der Bericht untersucht Chancen und Risiken wirtschaftlicher, gesellschaftlicher und technologischer Natur.

Von Der Diktatur Zur Demokratie

Author : Gene Sharp
ISBN : 3406568173
Genre : Civil disobedience
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