Political Science ETDs


Roy C. Stumph

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The purpose of this thesis is to describe the history and operation of the referendum in New Mexico. A resume of the history of the referendum in the United States has also been included to provide a background for understanding New Mexico's experience with this direct form of government. The thesis reveals that the law has been used only in a few instances, and that the people, far from using it in a reckless manner, have been conservative. Furthermore, the law in New Mexico is so difficult to operate because of the high percentages required, that only special interests with money enough to hire petition-takers can afford to make use of it. Thus far, the general public on its own initiative has not used it on a single occasion to prevent a law from going into effect.

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Political Science

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Political Science

First Committee Member (Chair)

Thomas C. Donnelly

Second Committee Member

Arthur S. White

Third Committee Member

Jesse Taylor Reid



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