starter activity. In 2008 the State of California held a special vote called a ‘Proposition’ on same-sex marriage. What do you feel about this issue? How would you vote as a class? . Does ‘direct democracy’ exist in the USA?. Aims.
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In 2008 the State of California held a special vote called a ‘Proposition’ on same-sex marriage. What do you feel about this issue? How would you vote as a class?
Understand the difference between referendums, initiatives and recall elections and consider the pros and cons of the use of direct democracy in the US political context.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of ‘direct democracy’? Read Bennett p.110 and make a list.
Famous example of a recall election was when Arnold Schwarzenegger (above) replaced Governor Gray Davis of California. Can you think of an appropriate caption for this picture?
Which is more democratic the election of UK prime ministers or US presidents?