By Wendell John Coats Jr.
This ebook is a suite of 4 essays and shorter items which are associated with the subject matter of Republican personality in addition to masking such various issues as liberal arts eduction and American protection coverage.
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It has also opened up the political process to groups emerging from civil society rather than from the established party system, most notably the Radical Party and a variety of Catholic groups on the right. In Switzerland, while groups such as pacifists and environmentalists failed to win passage of referendums abolishing the army or prohibiting research on genetically modified organisms, the strength of their vote alerted the government to important opinions in society, increasing the likelihood that subsequent decisions may reflect some of these groups’ concerns.
First, none of the indicators shown here – Education, Internal efficacy, Political knowledge, Political interest, Exposure to news media (separate questions for newspapers and television news), and Partisan strength – had a significant effect on support for direct democracy. 05 probability threshold (2-tailed test), and some of the relationships that did were in the opposite direction from what was expected. 25 Yet these were minor exceptions to the overall pattern. 10* Gov’t responsiveness B. 02 Partisan strength Source: Florida Voter statewide survey of registered voters, March–April 1999 (weighted N = 696).
Although some issues do capture the public’s attention, others are largely ignored; turnout rates, on average, tend to be lower – and sometimes much lower – in proposition elections than in candidate elections. 22 Shall we conclude, then, that the faux populism hypothesis is correct – that citizen support for direct democracy is not as widespread or as intense as its advocates would have us believe? 1), respondents appeared at first glance to be overwhelmingly in favor of both the referendum (84 percent approve, 59 percent strongly) and initiative (80 and 54 percent, respectively).
A Theory of Republican Character and Related Essays by Wendell John Coats Jr.