John Matsusaka is an expert on direct democracy and corporate organization who publishes in economics, finance, law, and political science. His most recent book is Let the People Rule: How Direct Democracy Can Meet the Populist Challenge. (2020). Matsusaka provides commentary for media outlets including ABC News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and Los Angeles Times. He is executive director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute, held visiting appointments at Stanford, UCLA, Caltech, and University of Chicago, and consulted for the White House Council of Economic Advisors.
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OpEd: John Matsusaka in ProMarket
Cited: John Matsusaka in The American Prospect
The American Prospect cites research by MATSUSAKA, professor of finance and business economics and the executive director of Initiative and Referendum Institute, examining trends of anti-democratic ballot measures over five decades in states controlled by Republican (64%) and Democrat (19%) legislatures.
Quoted: John Matsusaka on AP
MATSUSAKA, professor of finance and business economics, discusses his work researching direct democracy, the effectiveness and adoption of the process, and theories on why citizen-led initiatives have enjoyed success in recent years.
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