slide1 n.
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
? starter activity

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 11

? starter activity - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

 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.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about '? starter activity' - giovanni

Download Now An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

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

Does ‘direct democracy’ exist in the USA?

 Aims

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.

your task
 Your task
  • States provide many opportunities for ‘direct democracy’ through the use of propositions, referendums and recall elections. Read Bennett, p.108-111 and take notes on these different types of direct democracy
  • AKA ‘initiative’
  • Citizens may suggest amendments to laws and even the constitution by putting them to a vote
  • Possible in 24 states
  • 2 types: direct & indirect (requiring approval by state legislature)
  • Require a threshold (usu. no less than 10% of voters)
  • 1990-2004, 48% passed
  • Available in all 50 states
  • Voters can veto bills passed by legislature
  • Constitutional reform or changes in taxation
  • Popular referendum ,e.g. Alaska & Colorado, allows voters to petition for a ballot on new legislation
  • Can lead to ‘buyer’s regret’
recall elections
Recall elections
  • Remove elected official before end of their term of office
  • Form of impeachment by citizens

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?

extension task
 Extension task
  • Produce a factoid for the class giving examples of recent direct democracy in the USA. Include examples of
  • Propositions
  • Referendums
  • Recalls
 Homework
  • Use the information in Bennett, pp. 97-108 and pp.111-113 as well as p. 97-, plus any other specific examples from your research to complete a table similar to the one below