Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 238 x 160 x 22 mm
The best, most comprehensive book to date on the public opinion behind California's recent tumultuous, zigzagging politics. It is also important for its reflections on 'hybrid democracy' in the Golden State. -- Bruce Cain, Heller Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley
Baldassare and Katz's sharp account of the escalating use of the initiative, referendum, and recall is an important book on an absolutely crucial subject. It could fundamentally change the way most of us think about governance in twenty-first century America. -- Peter Schrag, author of California: America's High Stakes Experiment
Mark Baldassare and Cheryl Katz have written an interesting and successful book that captures the zeitgeist of California politics in the heat of populism....The authors pair a clear and concise writing style with fascinating survey results reported in a compelling and readable format, thus making the book an excellent pedagogical tool. Most importantly, the book illustrates a new form of governance, once that combines direct democracy and representative government to make public policy. -- . * Public Opinion Quarterly, May 2008 *
The book stands as a useful contribution to the history of an interesting period in California politics. * Political Science Quarterly, October 2008 *
In five action-hero years, Californians -led by their celebrity governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger-have fast-forwarded themselves into hybrid democracy. Through a reenergized use of the initiative, referendum, and recall, voters now stand as co-equals with elected officials in the creation of public policy. All Americans should be interested in this timely book. After all, it's their future as well. -- Kevin Starr, University of Southern California
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