memo2 - 389 Reading Memo 2 The LeDuc article gives an...

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389 Reading Memo 2 The LeDuc article gives an overview of referendums and citizen initiatives in modern democratic societies and uses evidence to show that their use in democracies has become more prevalent, especially in recent decades, and the more they are used, the more they are supported by citizens. The article outlines problems with using these types of direct democracy, and also argues that these types of direct democracy complement representative democracy rather than replace it. The study categorizes various referendums by type, and explores theoretical and practical concerns of direct democracy, using special cases for analysis. LeDuc’s article is significant in that it uses comparative analysis of major democracies to assess the pros and cons of using referendums and initiatives. Through use of comparison and categorization, it shows that detriments of direct democracy are not as severe as critics fear, and also shows that direct democracy does not always accomplish its goals as well as proponents allege. LeDuc’s analysis differs from previous
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2009 for the course POLISCI 389 taught by Professor Allenhicken during the Winter '09 term at University of Michigan.

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