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Journal Article

Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: An Extension

Todd Donovan and Shaun Bowler
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Jul., 1998), pp. 1020-1024
DOI: 10.2307/2991742
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2991742
Page Count: 5
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Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: An Extension
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Abstract

We extend upon Gamble (1997) and examine how minorities fare under direct democracy. We propose that the threat of majority tyranny is not simply a function of direct democracy, but of the scale over which democracy is practiced. Models used to predict direct legislation outcomes demonstrate that larger places are more likely to produce pro-gay policy outcomes. We discuss the implications of this for critiques of direct democracy.

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