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The Voters' Revolt

Mark Baldassare

in California in the New Millennium

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780520225121
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225121.003.0003
The Voters' Revolt

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The community's distrust has had real consequences for California politics and elections. It has led people to search for answers outside mainstream politics, apparently guided by a desire to reform their government and to punish the elected officials that they believe are failing them. This chapter explores two of the most dramatic manifestations of the voters' revolt: (1) the growth of independent voters in California elections (the author considers people who see independent voters as part of the “New Political Culture” which places issue-oriented coalitions ahead of partisan politics); and (2) manifestation of the voters' revolt in the increasing use of the citizens' initiatives in making public policy.

Keywords: voters; community; independent voters; politics; public

Chapter.  15111 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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