2007 Rena Sivitanidou Annual Research Symposium
"When Voters Make Laws: How direct Democracy is Reshaping American Cities"
Initiatives and referendums are reshaping the government, policies, and even the geography of American citied and counties. Citizen lawmakers are using direct democracy to limit growth, block Wal-mart stores, issue bonds for schools and parks, set minimum wages, finance arenas and interdisciplinary group of scholars to discuss new research on how government (especially, but not exclusively, including direct democracy) is impacting urban economies and the urban environment, and how local government is evolving in response to demographic and political changes.
Participants include: Elisabeth Gerber, Matthew McCubbins, Matthew Kahn, David Primo, Robert Helsley, Elizabeth Garrett, John Matsusaka, Gary Painter, and Stuart Gabriel.