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Majority Tyranny and the Constitution

in For the Many or the Few

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780226510811
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226510873 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226510873.003.0008
Majority Tyranny and the Constitution

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The initiative process is a controversial part of American government, and has been for more than a century, yet the terms of debate have hardly changed. Opponents argue (as they did one hundred years ago) that the initiative allows narrow interests to subvert the political process, while defenders maintain (as they did one hundred years ago) that it allows the majority to counteract special interest subversion of the legislature. This chapter begins by considering the problem of majority tyranny and then examines how the initiative meshes with the Constitutional principles of American democracy.

Keywords: majority tyranny; American government; American democracy; Constitutional principles; initiative; narrow interests

Chapter.  6296 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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