Fair and Effective Representation?: Debating Electoral Reform and Minority Rights

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Political Science - 189 pages
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Two experts on political representation, voting rights, and the election process debate the most pertinent issues of electoral reform and assess them in the context of the Founders' vision of representation and minority rights. Mark E. Rush and Richard L. Engstrom discuss the promises and pitfalls of electoral reform specifically, the merits of converting from the traditional single-member district to some form of proportional representation. The authors examine the shortcomings of the existing methods of elections (such as gerrymandering, low turnout, voter apathy, and underrepresentation of minorities and women), debate the merits of converting to proportional representation, ask whether it would address the imperfections of the current system, and investigate the extent to which proportional representation adheres to the Founders' (particularly Madison's) plan for representation. With an introduction by esteemed political scientist Bruce E. Cain, this is an essential text for courses in voting rights and behavior, elections, and American political thought."
 

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Contents

The Political Thicket Electoral Reform and Minority Voting Rights
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The Hidden Costs of Electoral Reform
69
References
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READINGS
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Gomillion et al v Lightfoot Mayor of Tuskegee et al 364 US 339 1960
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Reynolds Judge et al v Sims et al 377 US 533 1964
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Wright et al v Rockefeller Governor of New York et al 376 US52 1964
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United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburgh Inc et al v Carey Governor of New York et al 423 US 945 1975
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City of Mobile Alabama et al v Bolden et al 446 US 55 1980
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Thornburg Attorney General of North Carolina et al v Gingles et al 478 US 30 1986
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Ruth O Shaw et al Appellants v Janet Reno Attorney General et al 509 US 630 1993
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Jackie Holder etc et al Petitioners v E K Hall Sr et al 512 US 874 1994
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Bush Governor of Texas et al v Vera et al 517 US952 1996
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Index
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About the Authors
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Mark E. Rush is associate professor of politics at Washington and Lee University. He is author of Does Redistricting Make a Difference? (Johns Hopkins) and the editor of Voting Rights and Redistricting in the United States. Richard L. Engstrom is professor of political science at the University of New Orleans. Bruce E. Cain is professor of political science at University of California, Berkeley.

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