The California Governor’s Recall

California’s recall election gave voice to voter dissatisfaction with the state’s direction and resulted in a return to the type of moderate Republican governor that had led the state throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s. While exciting, it does not represent a sea change in California politics.

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About the Author
Thad Kousser is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and has worked as an aide in the California Legislature and in Congress. His book, Term Limits and the Dismantling of Legislative Professionalism, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.