Minorities and Direct Legislation: Evidence from California Ballot Proposition Elections

  title={Minorities and Direct Legislation: Evidence from California Ballot Proposition Elections},
  author={Zoltan L. Hajnal and E. Gerber and H. Louch},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={154 - 177}
  • Zoltan L. Hajnal, E. Gerber, H. Louch
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Critics argue that direct legislation (initiatives and referendums) allows an electoral majority to undermine the interests and rights of racial and ethnic minorities. We assess this claim by examining outcomes of direct democracy in California since 1978. Our analysis indicates that critics have overstated the detrimental effects of direct democracy. Confirming earlier critiques, we find that racial and ethnic minorities-and in particular Latinos-lose regularly on a small number of racially… CONTINUE READING
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