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Unformatted text preview: Patricia Selenski Government 180 Professor Michael Semler February 22, 2007 The Initiative Process in California The dictionary definition of the word initiative is: “the power or ability to begin or follow through energetically with a plan or task ; enterprise and determination”. The second definition of the word is the one that describes how the process works in California politics: “the power or right to introduce a new legislative measure or the right and procedure by which citizens can propose a law by petition and ensure its submission to the electorate” (voters by way of the ballot). 1 Two of the main theories of why the initiative process arose in California are: 1). The peoples desire to shift how the state is governed from an representative democracy to a direct democracy and 2). The desire of the people to is governed from an representative democracy to a direct democracy and 2)....
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2008 for the course GOVERNMENT 180 taught by Professor Semler during the Spring '07 term at CSU Sacramento.
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