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Voting On Growth Control Measures: Preferences And Strategies

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  • JEFFREY A. DUBIN
  • D. RODERICK KIEWIET
  • CHARLES NOUSSAIR

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Citizens of many California cities and counties have sought to restrict the rate of population growth in their localities. In 1988, Citizens for Limited Growth used the initiative process to place a pair of growth control measures on the ballot in the City and County of San Diego, respectively. The City Council and Board of Supervisors responded by placing less stringent, competing measures on the same ballot. This paper analyzes voting data from this election to examine the nature of support for such measures. We find strong support for the hypotheses that whites, homeowners, liberal/environmentalists, and those exposed to high levels of traffic congestion are more likely to favor growth controls. This paper also investigates the behavior of voters when they confront competing propositions concerning the same issue on the same ballot, and finds strong evidence of strategic voting. Copyright 1992 Blackwell Publishers Ltd..

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Volume (Year): 4 (1992)
Issue (Month): 2 (07)
Pages: 191-213

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