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AMERICANS REVERE ELECTIONS. We use them to select
our political leaders, our judges, our labor union officials, the
directors of our major institutions, and a multitude of other holders
of high office. Among other things, elections determine
whether employees are to be represented by a union and whether
corporations should be merged; they're increasingly used to decide
questions of public policy through initiatives and referendums.
However, as the articles in this symposium suggest, the
proliferation of elections may in fact be undesirable and may increase
the need for regulation and accompanying costs so much
that it undercuts the values which elections are thought to promote.
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