Public Opinion and Direct Democracy

Issue Date October 2001
Volume 12
Issue 4
Page Numbers 141-154
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Direct democracy has come in for praise as being closer to the people’s will than representative democracy. A closer look at the sources of public support, however, reveals some surprises.

About the Authors

Russell J. Dalton

Russell J. Dalton is professor of political science at the University of California–Irvine and author of The Good Citizen: How the Young Are Reshaping American Politics (2007).

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Wilhelm Bürklin

Wilhelm Bürklin holds the Lehrstuhl “Regierungssystem der Bundesrepublik Deutschland” at the University of Potsdam and is a member of the Management Board of the Association of German Banks (BdB); his recent books include Eliten in Deutschland: Rekrutierung und Integration (1997) and Wahlen und Wählerverhalten (1998).

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Andrew Drummond

Andrew Drummond is a Democracy Fellow in the Center for the Study of Democracy and a doctoral candidate in political science at UC-Irvine.

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