Thursday, June 10th, 2010
My latest post is online at New Geography. It is called “Democracy or Disease?” (not my original title). It’s about how aspects of the California system of governance – particularly the use of constitutional amendments to set public policy and as a substitute for political will and leadership, and the abuse of the initiative process (whether for constitutional changes or other laws) – are increasingly common even in the Heartland. I given examples from Missouri, Indiana, and Ohio. Keep in mind when reading that my concern is not with the particular policies in question, but in the governance mechanisms being used to pursue them. Those are two very distinct matters.
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