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California in the New MillenniumThe Changing Social and Political Landscape$
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Mark Baldassare

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225121

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225121.001.0001

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The Voters' Revolt

The Voters' Revolt

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(p.60) Chapter 3 The Voters' Revolt
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California in the New Millennium
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Mark Baldassare

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225121.003.0003

The community's distrust has had real consequences for California politics and elections. It has led people to search for answers outside mainstream politics, apparently guided by a desire to reform their government and to punish the elected officials that they believe are failing them. This chapter explores two of the most dramatic manifestations of the voters' revolt: (1) the growth of independent voters in California elections (the author considers people who see independent voters as part of the “New Political Culture” which places issue-oriented coalitions ahead of partisan politics); and (2) manifestation of the voters' revolt in the increasing use of the citizens' initiatives in making public policy.

Keywords:   voters, community, independent voters, politics, public

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