Lekcija slovenski politiki:
Ballot initiatives, long thought to encourage democratic citizenship, may actually have the opposite effect of fostering distrust in state government, a new study finds.
Joshua Dyck, assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, says state ballot initiatives on things like same-sex marriage, eminent domain, tax reform, education, and a host of other issues actually create an environment that encourages citizens to distrust their governments.
Dyck adds that this distrust fuels volatility in the political system, making distrusters more likely to support non-incumbent candidates or vote for political outsiders, and less likely to support social spending programs.
Should ballot initiatives lead to decreasing levels of trust at the state level, potentially negative repercussions of that decline would be expected, he says. Trust in government gets a no-vote