Choosing a President: The Electoral College and Beyond

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Paul Schumaker, Burdett A. Loomis
Chatham House Publishers, 2002 - Political Science - 227 pages
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Choosing a President evaluates the Electoral College system and six legitimate alternatives to it. A team of 37 political scientists consider the fundamental questions that go to the heart of the debate. On the basis of these deliberations, each contributor indicates the extent to which he or she supports or opposes the Electoral College and its alternatives.FeaturesDiscussion on how the Electoral College was created, evolved, and currently works, providing fundamental historical and political knowledge.A systematic account of current alternatives to the Electoral College offering three reforms and three possible replacements.Demonstrates two modes of political analysis: (i)evaluating institutions and reforms according to their logical consistency with desired criteria, and (ii) evaluating institutions and reforms according to their (likely) consequences and implications. Helps improve students' understanding of political analysis.

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Contents

Bush Gore and the Issues of Electoral Reform
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Analyzing the Electoral College and Its Alternatives
10
The Electoral College in Historical and Philosophical Perspective
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About the author (2002)

Burdett A. Loomis is a professor of political science at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. form the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1974, served as an American Political Science Congressional Fellow in 1975-1976, and has taught at the University of Kansas since 1979. He has written on a variety of topics, including Congress, interest groups, state legislatures, and public policy. In 1984, Loomis directed the Congressional Management Project, which produced the first of many editions of SETTING COURSE: A CONGRESSIONAL MANAGEMENT GUIDE. Aside from teaching courses on congressional politics, interest groups, and policy making, since 1983 Loomis has directed public internship programs in Washington and Topeka. He currently serves as chair of the political science department and Interim Director of the Robert J. Dole Institute for Public Service and Public Policy at the University of Kansas.

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