ERIC Number: ED235529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Direct Legislation Campaigns and Parapolitical Organizations: A Case for Communications Analysis.
Noting that considerable research has been conducted in the area of political communication, this paper points out that little attention has been given to direct legislation techniques--means by which citizens participate in the legislative decision making process. To establish a rationale for the study of direct legislation efforts, the paper explores four topics: (1) the role of direct legislation in a participatory democracy; (2) the types, frequency, and uses of direct legislation; (3) arguments for and against direct legislation; and (4) related issues and concerns. The paper concludes that direct legislation campaigns are segments in the pattern of political development of the United States and deserve careful study. Tables setting forth provisions for direct legislation in each state are included. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Direct Legislation; Political Campaigns; Political Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).