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Thomas Cronin


President, Whitman College; Author, Direct Democracy: The Politics of Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.

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POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The California Recall and Direct Democracy

with Thomas Cronin, Peter Schrag, Robert Sternvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 30, 2003

On October 7, 2003, Californians go to the polls to vote in a historic election. They will decide whether to recall Governor Gray Davis and replace him with someone else. Davis is only the second governor in U.S. history to face a recall election. Is the California recall in the best interests of its citizens? Or is this recall election an example of direct democracy gone awry? And what long-term effects will this recall campaign have on politics at both the state and national levels?