Political Participation

The Influence of Initiative Signature Gathering Campaigns on Political Participation (II)

Working Paper No.: 
45
Date Published: 
11/30/2005
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Frederick J. Boehmke
Does direct democracy increase political participation?

The Influence of Initiative Signature Gathering Campaigns on Political Participation

Working Paper No.: 
27
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez
Frederick J. Boehmke
Does direct democracy increase political participation? Rather than focus on state-level effects of the initiative process, this paper studies the effect of signature gathering campaigns on participation within a state. To this end we test whether parts of the state that are subject to more intense signature gathering campaigns, measured by the number of signatures gathered per capita, experience greater levels of political participation. We examine three measures of participation: registration, turnout, and ballot rolloff.
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