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The Strategic Timing Of Direct Democracy

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  • MARC MEREDITH
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    This paper focuses on the strategic timing of elections by agenda-setters in direct democracy settings. Because concurrent elections affect turnout, scheduling referenda for different elections will produce different median voters. I hypothesize that agenda-setters with power over the timing of a referendum will schedule the referendum in conjunction with the other set of races that produce a policy closest to their preferred outcome. Consistent with the theory, I show that Wisconsin school boards' use of special elections for school referenda are related to differences in the revealed preferences of voters in low- and high-turnout elections. Copyright 2009 The Author. Journal compilation 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Economics & Politics.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (03)
    Pages: 159-177

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ecopol:v:21:y:2009:i:1:p:159-177

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    1. Isen, Adam, 2014. "Do local government fiscal spillovers exist? Evidence from counties, municipalities, and school districts," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 110(C), pages 57-73.

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