November 01, 2014 Environment, Energy, and Resources Law

Citizen Initiatives: Power to the People or More of the Same?

Considering today’s dysfunctional Congress, it does not take much of a cynic to question James Madison’s faith in representative democracy to cure “the mischief of faction” inherent in pure democracy. Today, many see the citizen initiative as a much-needed corrective to our 21st-century democracy—the voice of the people without a legislative filter. But is the citizen initiative an improvement, or does it contribute to the breakdown of political discourse?

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