Legal Analysis – Overview

The Rose Institute analyzes many state-level political and policy questions that present complex legal issues. Associate Director Ken Miller and Assistant Director Bipasa Nadon are attorneys who apply their expertise to the Institute’s legal and regulatory analysis projects. One major ongoing project is the development of the Miller-Rose Institute Initiative Database, which summarizes original research on statewide ballot initiatives throughout the United States and post-election legal challenges to initiatives. That database provided the empirical basis for Dr. Miller’s book Direct Democracy and the Courts. Another database, now in development, will present data on state supreme courts. The Institute has also conducted research on term limits, part-time vs. full-time legislatures, proposed reforms to the initiative process, constitutional requirements for redistricting, and other state and federal constitutional issues. The Institute’s legal analysis projects often culminate in academic books, journal articles, or conferences.

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