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Paperback. Pub Date: 08 2009 Pages: 256 Publisher: Camidge. University Press Who should have the last Word on fundamental policy issues This book analyzes the rise of two Contenders - the people. Through direct democracy and the courts. Now available in nearly half the states. direct democracy has surged in recent decades. Through ballot measures. voters have slashed taxes. mandated government spending. imposed term limits on elected officials. enacted campaign finance reform. barred affirmative action. banned same-sex marriage. and adopted many other controversial laws. In several states. citizens now bypass legislatures to make the most important policy decisions. However. the people s rule is not absolute. This book demonstrates that courts have used an expanding power of judicial review to invalidate citizen-enacted laws at remarkably high rates. The resulting conflict...