Published on January 6, 2012

Direct Democracy: Constructive People Power or Weapon of Mass Destruction? Lessons from the American West

By Janice Thomson

Janice Thomson was Involve's EU Public Engagement Advisor. She left in January 2012. Her work focussed on understanding and enhancing public participation at European Union level. Please email info@involve.org.uk with comments or questions on Involve's work on EU Engagement.

people, hotblackDirect democracy is one of the most controversial of democratic tools. It is suggested by some as a key way to reinvigorate democracy but others are much more sceptical of its use. One of the reasons may be the experience of California, which is now facing insolvency and political paralysis as a result, some argue, of its use of direct democracy.

In this short briefing paper, Involve Associate Janice Thomson considers the example of California, whether direct democracy is to blame and what we can learn from their experience.

 

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