Tag: representative democracy

March 21, 2018
July 1, 2013

by Raphael Bostic Original posting on Forbes.com – 6/21/2013 @ 4:44PM It’s not super often that Detroit is lifted up as an example of good governance. The city has been wracked with decades…

May 8, 2001

The Power of Economic Interests Under Direct versus Representative Democracy

The power of economic interest groups to influence policy outcomes is a common theme in economics and political science. Most theories posit that interest group power arises from the ability to influence elected or appointed government officials, that is, by exploiting the representative part of democracy. This paper examines an unstated implication of these theories, that special interest influence will be weaker under direct democracy, when there are no representatives involved.