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How partisan gridlock in state legislatures encourages the use of citizen initiatives.

Boehmke, Frederick J., Osborn, Tracy L. and Schilling, Emily U. (2015) How partisan gridlock in state legislatures encourages the use of citizen initiatives. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (23 Nov 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

While partisan gridlock has become a common occurrence in the US Congress, this is also often the case in many state legislatures. In new research, Frederick J. Boehmke, Tracy L. Osborn, and Emily U. Schilling look at one consequence of legislative rules that encourage legislative paralysis – the increasing use of ballot initiatives by citizens. Using data from the American states, they find that as ‘pivotal legislators’ – gatekeepers whose support is needed to overcome a legislative filibuster or gubernatorial veto – become ideologically farther away from the state’s median voter, initiative use increases due to those lawmakers thwarting legislative action to secure preferred outcomes in the form of ballot measures.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s) CC BY-NC 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KF United States Federal Law
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 10:10
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/75851

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