Members of the political science faculty at Brigham Young University will conduct a panel discussion, "What is California Doing?: International Perspectives on the Recall Election," to consider the pros and cons of direct democracy in the modern nation-state.
Raymond V. Christensen, Ralph C. Hancock, Darren Hawkins, Kelly D. Patterson and Daniel L. Nielson will participate in the panel followed by a question-and-answer session on Friday, Sept. 26, from noon to 12:50 in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.
"A lot of issues raised in the California recall election are common occurrences in other democracies," said Christensen, BYU international relations coordinator. "Too often, we in the United States think our problems are unique. However, similar events occur elsewhere."
"For example, California has Arnold Schwarzenegger as a gubernatorial candidate, and Japan has sumo wrestlers in its national legislature," he said.
This event is sponsored by the International Relations major. For more information, contact Christensen at (801) 422-5133.
Writer: Thomas Grover