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Can Competition Tame the Leviathan? Evidence from California's Proposition 39

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  • Balsdon, Ed
  • Brunner, Eric J.

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In 2000, Californians voted on Proposition 39, a statewide ballot initiative that called for reducing the supermajority vote requirement on local school bond measures from two–thirds to 55 percent. This paper develops a model of voting behavior on that initiative. Our model predicts that support for lowering the supermajority vote requirement should increase as the degree of competition among school districts increases. Our analysis of vote returns from Proposition 39 supports this hypothesis. All else equal, moving from an area with little or no competition to an area with significant competition leads to a 13 percentage point increase in support for Proposition 39.

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Article provided by National Tax Association in its journal National Tax Journal.

Volume (Year): 58 (2005)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 627-42

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Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:58:y:2005:i:4:p:627-42

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  1. Eric J. Brunner & Stephen L. Ross, 2009. "Is the Median Voter Decisive? Evidence of 'Ends Against the Middle' From Referenda Voting Patterns," Working papers 2009-02, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised May 2010.
  2. Eric J. Brunner & Stephen L. Ross, 2007. "How Decisive Is the Decisive Voter?," Working papers 2007-28, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Aug 2008.

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