Congressional Representation & Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives / Edition 1

Congressional Representation & Constituents: The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives / Edition 1

by Brian Frederick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415873452

ISBN-13: 9780415873451

Pub. Date: 11/25/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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 disparity a diminished quality of representation?

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Overview

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 disparity a diminished quality of representation?

Brian Frederick uses empirical data to scrutinize whether representation has been undermined by keeping a ceiling on the number of seats available in the House. He examines the influence of constituency size on several metrics of representation-including estimating the effects on electoral competition, policy responsiveness, and citizen contact with and approval of their representatives-and argues that now is the time for the House to be increased in order to better represent a rapidly growing country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415873451
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/25/2009
Series:
Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Why Study the Size of the House? 2. Debating the Size of the House 3. The Growth of House District Populations and Electoral Competition 4. Constituents: How Many is Too Many? 5. House Constituency Size and Voting Patterns 6. Public Opinion on the Size of the House 7. The Size of the House: Does it Really Matter?

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