Design, Meaning and Choice in Direct Democracy examines the link between political knowledge and participation in direct democracy in the United States. Presenting insights on the different behaviours of the petitioner, the ballot and the voter and using quantitative, qualitative and experimental methodological approaches, Shauna Reilly evaluates the use of direct democracy and why, despite the power of these measures, there is such low turnout in these elections. She demonstrates the varied approaches to ballot measures and citizens particularly when dealing with citizen comprehension which can account for the variety of language that appears on the ballot. A rigorous and highly original analysis of direct democracy in the United States, this book guarantees that readers will be shocked at the findings and question the future of governance through ballot measures.

chapter 3|16 pages

Theoretical Foundations

chapter 4|16 pages

Petitioners and the Oregon Process

chapter 5|14 pages

Petitioner Attitudes and Activities

chapter 6|21 pages

The Impact of Language on Participation 1

chapter 7|23 pages

Topic Selection and Language Barriers

chapter 8|19 pages

Individual Votes

A Preference Voting Experiment