A Caltech Library Service

Are Legislators Afraid of Initiatives? Anticipation and Reaction in the Policy Process

Gerber, Elisabeth R. (1993) Are Legislators Afraid of Initiatives? Anticipation and Reaction in the Policy Process. Social Science Working Paper, 853. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

[img] PDF (sswp 853 - Aug. 1993) - Submitted Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


This research considers how and when the popular initiative constrains legislative behavior and policy. I develop a spatial model of the policy process in which legislators anticipate the possibility that an initiative may be proposed in response to laws they pass. I use the model to identify conditions under which the initiative forces legislators to respond to citizen preferences. I conclude that features of the initiative process, especially electoral laws that affect the costs of proposing initiatives, as well as the preferences of political actors, largely determine whether legislators will be constrained.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:The author thanks Arthur Lupia, Gary Cox, Scott Gartner, Jonathan Katz, Jack Knight, Mat McCubbins, Roger Noll, Tom Palfrey and Sam Popkin for useful suggestions.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:853
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170824-151040280
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:80774
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
Deposited On:28 Aug 2017 23:52
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 18:34

Repository Staff Only: item control page