“Taking the Initiative: The Initiative Process” with Bruce Cain and Ron Unz
Uncommon Knowledge/Hoover Institution, December 13, 2000
Is the ballot initiative good or bad for American democracy? Today citizens in twenty-four states have the right to petition their fellow citizens in the law. Initiatives that are approved by voters become law, bypassing the normal legislative process. What are the benefits of this sort of direct democracy? And what are the dangers?