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Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation


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The Routledge series Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation presents cutting edge scholarship and innovative thinking on a broad range of issues relating to democratic practice and theory. An electoral democracy, to be effective, must show a strong relationship between representation and a fair open election process. Designed to foster debate and challenge assumptions about how elections and democratic representation should work, titles in the series present a strong but fair argument on topics related to elections and the institutions shaping them, voting behavior, party and media involvement, representation, and democratic theory.

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The Imperfect Primary: Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics

The Imperfect Primary: Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics

3rd Edition

Barbara Norrander
August 06, 2019

The complex and ever-changing rules governing American presidential nomination contests are continuously up for criticism, but there is little to no consensus on exactly what the problems are or on how to fix them. The evolving system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. So,...

Rethinking American Electoral Democracy

Rethinking American Electoral Democracy

3rd Edition

Matthew J. Streb
November 16, 2015

While frustration with various aspects of American democracy abound in the United States, there is little agreement over—or even understanding of—what kinds of changes would make the system more effective and increase political participation. Matthew J. Streb sheds much-needed light on all the...

In Defense of Politicians: The Expectations Trap and Its Threat to Democracy

In Defense of Politicians: The Expectations Trap and Its Threat to Democracy

1st Edition

Stephen K. Medvic
December 17, 2012

Politicians are reviled. From jokes on late-night TV talk shows to radio show rants and from public opinion polls to ubiquitous conventional wisdom—politicians are among the most despised professional class in modern society. Drawing on seminal work in political science, Stephen K. Medvic...

Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States

Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States

1st Edition

Daniel Lewis
November 14, 2012

This book conclusively demonstrates that direct democracy—institutions like the ballot initiative and the referendum—endangers the rights of minorities and perpetuates a tyranny of the majority. While advocates of direct democracy advocate that these institutions protect citizens from corrupt...

Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform

Helping America Vote: The Limits of Election Reform

1st Edition

Martha Kropf, David C. Kimball
December 20, 2011

A repeat of the Florida debacle in the 2000 presidential election is the fear of every election administrator. Despite the relatively complication-free 2008 election, we are working with fairly new federal legislation designed to ease election administration problems. The implementation of the Help...

Third Party Blues: The Truth and Consequences of Two-Party Dominance

Third Party Blues: The Truth and Consequences of Two-Party Dominance

1st Edition

Scot Schraufnagel
March 29, 2011

More than many areas of American politics research, studies of minor party competition and success are often overly driven by normative concerns that do not hold up to empirical scrutiny. This concise book presents a concerted effort to analyze the barriers in election law, such as ballot access...

Congressional Representation & Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives

Congressional Representation & Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives

1st Edition

Brian Frederick
November 25, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives has been frozen at 435 members for almost a century, and in that time the nation’s population has grown by more than 200 percent. With the number of citizens represented by each House member now dramatically larger, is a major consequence of this historical...

In Defense of Judicial Elections

In Defense of Judicial Elections

1st Edition

Chris W. Bonneau, Melinda Gann Hall
June 01, 2009

One of the most contentious issues in politics today is the propriety of electing judges. Ought judges be independent of democratic processes in obtaining and retaining their seats, or should they be subject to the approval of the electorate and the processes that accompany popular control? While...

Fault Lines: Why the Republicans Lost Congress

Fault Lines: Why the Republicans Lost Congress

1st Edition

Jeffery Mondak, Dona-Gene Mitchell
July 28, 2008

In some years elections bring about enduring changes to the American political scene. In 2006, a pivotal election year, the Republicans suffered a resounding defeat, losing the House and Senate for the first time since the 1994 "Republican Revolution." But what caused this pivotal shift? Fault...

Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America

Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America

1st Edition

Thomas Brunell
February 28, 2008

Pundits have observed that if so many incumbents are returned to Congress to each election by such wide margins, perhaps we should look for ways to increase competitiveness – a centerpiece to the American way of life – through redistricting. Do competitive elections increase voter satisfaction? How...

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