Law and Election Politics: The Rules of the Game

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Matthew Justin Streb
Routledge, 2013 - Law - 306 pages
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Though the courts have been extremely active in interpreting the rules of the electoral game, this role is misunderstood and understudied—as, in many cases, are the rules themselves. Law and Election Politics illustrates how election laws and electoral politics are intertwined, analyzing the rules of the game and some of the most important—and most controversial—decisions the courts have made on a variety of election-related subjects.

More than a typical law book that summarizes cases, Mathew Streb has assembled an outstanding group of scholars to place electoral laws and the courts‘ rulings on those laws in the context of electoral politics. They comprehensively cover the range of topics important to election law—campaign finance, political parties, campaigning, redistricting, judicial elections, the Internet, voting machines, voter identification, ballot access, and direct democracy. This is an essential resource both for students of the electoral process and scholars of election law and election reform.

 

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Contents

Linking Election Law and Electoral Politics
1
The Changing Role of Parties and Interest Groups
6
Past Present and Future
29
The Promise of Democratization of American Politics
45
The Question of Equal Protection
71
The Controversy over Voter Fraud
88
The Quiet Revolution in American Elections
134
Elections in Overtime
149
The Tension between Free Association and the Right to Vote
191
How American Election Law and Institutions Cripple Third Parties
208
Racial and Partisan Issues Past and Present
230
Just Like Any Other Election?
252
Works Cited
272
Court Cases
297
Contributors
301
Index
303

Regulating the Will of the People
171

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Matthew J. Streb is Associate Professor of Political Science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of two books, The New Electoral Politics of Race (University of Alabama, 2002) and Rethinking American Electoral Democracy (Routledge, 2008, 2011). He is the editor of Running for Judge (New York University Press, 2007), Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century (Stanford University Press, 2006), and Polls and Politics (SUNY Press, 2004), and has published numerous articles and book chapters.

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