Direct Democracy or Representative Government? by John Haskell
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Direct Democracy or Representative Government?
By John Haskell

Direct Democracy or Representative Government?

Dispelling the Populist Myth

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Direct Democracy or Representative Government? by John Haskell

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In Direct Democracy or Representative Government? John Haskell develops a devastating critique of direct democracy by exposing the central flaw in populist thinking. Contrary to the beliefs of populist advocates of direct democracy, the popular will cannot be interpreted from the results of the plebiscite. John Haskell presents a defense of representative institutions that brings to bear, in an understandable way, the findings of public choice scholars. Haskell covers the clash of ideas between populists and constitutionalists throughout American history. He follows the development of direct democracy during the twentieth century, especially the dramatically increased use of initiatives and referenda in the last decade. As Americans become increasingly frustrated with the workings of the institutions of government at the state and national levels, and as populist ideas gain greater currency, new forms of direct and participatory democracy making use of the latest computer technology appeal to more people. Haskell speculates as to the likely future direction of direct democracy in the U.S. He describes in clear language the fundamental problem with the premise of populist thinking and explains why direct democracy presents a threat to minority rights and only promises irresponsible and unaccountable governance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813397832
ISBN-10: 0813397839
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 8-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John Haskell

John Haskell is Senior Fellow at the Government Affairs Institute in Washington, D.C. He has written several articles on presidential and congressional politics, and is the author of Fundamentally Flawed, an examination of the presidential nomination process.

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