How can direct democracy solve the notorious problem of special interest groups?

I presented a talk having this title at a recent panel discussion on the initiative process. Mark and Jason attended the event, so I thought that it would be good to consider this topic in our group, giving us an opportunity to discuss the relevant issues at length.

I posted two handouts on this topic at the webpage shown below:

The Core Defect in Representative Democracy: Control of the legislature by interest groups (in middle of page)

Why direct democracy solves the problem of special interest groups (at bottom of page)

http://www.LetsTearUpTheBlankCheck.com/Home/Index.php?pageid=Handouts

Feel free to bring a non-alcoholic beverage that won't stain and that is in a container with a lid in order to minimize the chance of spills. I'm responsible for damage to the room.

 

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  • Mark

    Really stimulating and broad ranging discussion on a very important topic.

    July 2, 2012

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