Daniel A. Smith
Daniel A. Smith is Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1994, and his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in History from Penn State University in 1988. Professor Smith has published more than two dozen scholarly articles on the politics, processes, and campaign financing of ballot initiatives, as well as on the workings of American political parties and interest groups. He has also written several articles examining Ghanaian politics. His book, Tax Crusaders and the Politics of Direct Democracy (NY: Routledge, 1998), examined the financial backing and the populist-sounding rhetoric of three anti-tax ballot initiatives: Proposition 13 in California (1978), Proposition 2 1/2 in Massachusetts (1980), and Amendment 1 in Colorado (1992). Dr. Smith has recently finished a book with Caroline Tobert (Kent State University) entitled, Educated by Initiative: The Democratic Effects of Citizen Lawmaking in the American States, which will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2004. Professor Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center Foundation (BISCF), a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., and is a Senior Research Fellow at Initiative and Referendum Institute, a nonprofit also headquartered in D.C.