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dc.contributor.author Dyck, Joshua J.
dc.contributor.author Hussey, Wesley
dc.contributor.author Lascher, Edward L.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-01T16:02:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-01T16:02:50Z
dc.date.issued 2019-06-27
dc.identifier.citation Dyck, J. J., Hussey, W., & Lascher, E. L. (2019). American State Ballot Initiatives and Income Inequality. The Politics, Promise and Peril of Direct Democracy, 7(2), 380-409. doi:10.17645/pag.v7i2.1873 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2183-2463
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/211220
dc.description.abstract Some have argued that the ballot initiative process prevalent in many American states might lower inequality. We contend this is improbable based on what is known about whether expansion of democracy leads to redistribution, the attitudes of citizens, and the characteristics of the initiative process. Nevertheless, the proposition needs testing. We examine three types of evidence. First, we analyze the content and passage of all post-World War II initiatives going to voters in California, a state that makes heavy use of ballot propositions. Second, we model institutional factors influencing differences in inequality at the state-level from 1976–2014 to test the aggregate-level effect of ballot initiatives on income inequality. Third, we use individual level data to evaluate the claim that frequent initiative use makes lower income people happier because it helps to reduce inequality. Our analyses consistently indicate that the ballot initiative process fails to reduce income inequality. en_US
dc.format.extent 30 en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cogitatio en_US
dc.relation.uri 10.17645/pag.v7i2.1873 en_US
dc.rights This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). en_US
dc.subject Direct democracy en_US
dc.subject Life satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Income inequality en_US
dc.subject State ballot initiatives en_US
dc.subject Redistribution en_US
dc.title American state ballot initiatives and income inequality en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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