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Direct Democracy or Mob Rule?
America’s founding fathers conceived of this nation as a republic, that is,
governed by representatives and not directly by citizens, which they
sometimes referred to quaintly as "the mob." In recent decades there has
been an increase in direct democracy. Californians are now taking steps to
recall a governor. Nevada may soon follow suit. Between 1975 and 2000
voter initiatives on state ballots more than tripled from 279 to 929. Does
this kind of direct democracy - initiative, referendum and recall - undermine
leadership or keep representatives responsive to the will of the people?
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Founding director of the Social Affairs Center at Canada’s Fraser Institute, and now senior fellow with the Cato Institute’s Center for Representative Government
Senior fellow with the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University and author of "Direct Democracy or Representative
Government? Dispelling the Populist Myth"
Originally Aired: 9/18/2003
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