Pacific Political Science Students Tackle California’s Dysfunctional Constitution
Revising constitution doesn’t stymie students – Sacramento Opinion – Sacramento Editorial | Sacramento Bee
Each fall students in Prof. Bob Benedetti’s Politics of California course tackle the task of redesigning California’s constitution.
Here’s what the Sacramento Bee had to say about the course:
the tiny yet diverse subset of Californians that Benedetti guides through a similar exercise each year manages to zero in on many of the problems political scientists have said are at the root of the state’s dysfunction.
The professor’s classes have proposed streamlining the executive branch; reducing the size of legislative districts to make lawmakers more responsive to their constituents; lowering the vote thresholds for passing a budget or raising taxes; and reforming the relationship between state and local government. They’ve argued for limiting, but not ending, the initiative process.
And long before California voters warmed to the idea in 2008, Benedetti’s classes suggested an independent commission to redraw the state’s political boundaries.
Prof. Benedetti’s course is an example of the kind of active and engaged learning that takes place in Pacific’s political science classes.