In this episode, Brian Newman uncovers who’s represented, who’s not, and how it affects their view of government.
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 of stagnation, has had a series of mayors parade from city hall to jail, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently Read more…
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.