Drawing the Lines

Constraints on Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics

Author: Nicholas R. Seabrook

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501707787

Category: History

Page: 152

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Radical redistricting plans, such as that pushed through by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2003, are frequently used for partisan purposes. Perry's plan sent twenty-one Republicans (and only eleven Democrats) to Congress in the 2004 elections. Such heavy-handed tactics strike many as contrary to basic democratic principles. In Drawing the Lines, Nicholas R. Seabrook uses a combination of political science methods and legal studies insights to investigate the effects of redistricting on U.S. House elections. He concludes that partisan gerrymandering poses far less of a threat to democratic accountability than conventional wisdom would suggest. Building on a large data set of the demographics of redrawn districts and subsequent congressional elections, Seabrook looks less at the who and how of gerrymandering and considers more closely the practical effects of partisan redistricting plans. He finds that the redrawing of districts often results in no detrimental effect for district-level competition. Short-term benefits in terms of capturing seats are sometimes achieved but long-term results are uncertain. By focusing on the end results rather than on the motivations of political actors, Seabrook seeks to recast the political debate about the importance of partisanship. He supports institutionalizing metrics for competitiveness that would prove more threatening to all incumbents no matter their party affiliation.

Race and Partisanship in California Redistricting

From the 1965 Voting Rights Act to Present

Author: Olivier Richomme

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1498585930

Category: Political Science

Page: 450

View: 8042


Race and Partisanship in California Redistricting covers fifty years of redistricting in California, tracing the interaction between race and partisanship and directly tying California’s successes and failures to the wider issue of redistricting in the United States.

Election Law in the American Political System

Author: James A. Gardner,Guy-Uriel Charles

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business

ISBN: 1454883316

Category: Law

Page: 1104

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The second edition of Election Law in the American Political System offers an easy to teach, student-friendly, intellectually rich casebook with comprehensive coverage of the legal rules and doctrines that shape democratic participation in the 21st century American political system. The second edition of this casebook is updated throughout with new material including identity theory of voting behavior, alternative electoral systems, emerging metrics for evaluating the quality of election administration, and developments concerning the advent of “fake news” in election campaigns. Election Law in the American Political System also includes expanded coverage of developments regarding independent districting commissions, judicial elections, legal standards to adjudicate partisan gerrymandering, and the concept of “wisdom of the multitude.” With redesigned coverage and a thoughtful selection and careful editing of cases, the second edition contextualizes legal doctrine by providing insightful background readings and using expository material to introduce topics. New to the Second Edition: New coverage: Identity theory of voting behavior. Alternative electoral systems, including limited and cumulative voting and the single transferable vote. Evolution of judicial review of democratic processes. Developments concerning the advent of “fake news” in election campaigns. The emerging law of “ballot selfies.” Emerging metrics for evaluating the quality of election administration. Expanded coverage of: Concept of “wisdom of the multitude” Legal standards to adjudicate partisan gerrymandering. Developments regarding independent districting commissions, including an extended excerpt from Arizona State Legislature Judicial elections.

Election Law and Democratic Theory

Author: Professor David Schultz

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754675432

Category: Law

Page: 294

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This book provides a full-length examination of the political theories and principles and democratic values underlying current election law debates and the regulation of political campaigns and participants in the United States. Topics covered range from campaign finance reform, voting rights, reapportionment and ballot access to the rights of political parties, the media and other players in the system. The study challenges much of the current debate in election law and argues for more discussion and development of a democratic political theory to support and guide election law jurisprudence.

The law of democracy

legal structure of the political process. 2003 supplement

Author: Samuel Issacharoff,Pamela S. Karlan,Richard H. Pildes

Publisher: Foundation Press

ISBN: 9781587786365

Category: Law

Page: 89

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American Constitutional Law

Author: Otis H. Stephens,John M. Scheb

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: Constitutional law

Page: 1100

View: 921


Contains a balance of case studies and commentary. Each chapter opens with an introductory essay which is followed by a discussion of the chapter material, and ends with a series of pertinent case studies. This balance appeals to both instructors of political science and to instructors of law.