Author (Your Name)

Julie Bero, Colby College

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. American Studies Program


Margaret McFadden


My paper consists of three sections. In the first, I explain the function of ballot measures and discuss why Americans have supported or opposed the use of direct democracy. I will also offer the history of direct democracy. In the second section, I will discuss the current national state of affairs in direct democracy, specifically analyzing recent ballot measures. I will analyze three cases, focusing on information gathered from the news media and personal interviews with campaign organizers. Finally, I will draw conclusions about these three measures and assert implications for the future of direct democracy.


Referendum -- United States, Democracy, Associations, institutions, etc. -- United States -- Political activity