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Report · April 2015

California’s Political Reforms: A Brief History

Eric McGhee

How does political reform happen in California? This report explores the dynamics that led to recent redistricting and primary system overhauls. It finds that the keys to success or failure are the coalitions policymakers build-and the tools they can use to fight or promote reform.

This research was supported with funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


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