The Strategic Timing Of Direct Democracy
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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Volume (Year): 21 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
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