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The Populist Paradox : Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation.

Author: Elisabeth R Gerber
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2011.
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Do small but wealthy interest groups influence referendums, ballot initiatives, and other forms of direct legislation at the expense of the broader public interest? Many observers argue that they do, often lamenting that direct legislation has, paradoxically, been captured by the very same wealthy interests whose power it was designed to curb. Elisabeth Gerber, however, challenges that argument. In this first  Read more...
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Gerber, Elisabeth R.
Populist Paradox : Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elisabeth R Gerber
ISBN: 9781400823307 1400823307
OCLC Number: 763158156
Description: 1 online resource (186 pages)
Contents: Cover; THE POPULIST PARADOX; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; 1. What Is the Populist Paradox?; A Theory of Interest Group Influence; Motivation: The Study of Interest Group Influence; Justification: Why Study Direct Legislation?; Plan of the Book; 2. Interest Group Choice; Forms of Influence; Interest Group Choice; Achieving Influence; Summary and Conclusions; 3. Direct Legislation Hurdles; Achieving Direct Modifying Influence; Achieving Direct Preserving Influence; Achieving Indirect Modifying Influence. Achieving Indirect Preserving Influence: Opposing anInitiative to Signal the LegislatureBehavioral Hurdles; Summary and Conclusions; 4. Group Characteristics and Resources; Monetary and Personnel Resources; Using Resources to Overcome Hurdles; Membership Characteristics; Classifying Groups and Their Resources; Hypotheses about Motivations and Forms of Influence; Summary; 5. Motivations and Strategies; Methodology; What Do Groups Say They Do?; What Do Groups Actually Do?; Summary and Conclusions; 6. Direct Policy Consequences; Direct Policy Consequences; Summary and Conclusions. 7. Indirect Policy ConsequencesState Policy Differences; Summary and Conclusions; 8. The Populist Paradox: Reality or Illusion?; Economic Group Limitations; Citizen Group Dominance; Implications for the Study of Direct Legislation; Implications for the Study of Interest Group Influence; Positive versus Normative Implications; A Final Assessment; Appendixes; A. Direct Legislation Institutions; B. Survey of Organizations; References; Index.

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A study of how money and interest group power actually affect direct legislation, this book reveals that big spending does not necessarily mean big influence. This book is a theoretical and empirical  Read more...

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