Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics / Edition 1

Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics / Edition 1

by Steven Hill
     
 

Was the lesson of Florida's punch-cards that we need better machines, or that there's something deeply wrong with a system where the candidate with fewer votes wins the office? Fixing Elections shows why it's not just the Electoral College that's outdated, but our entire eighteenth-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures. See more details below

Overview

Was the lesson of Florida's punch-cards that we need better machines, or that there's something deeply wrong with a system where the candidate with fewer votes wins the office? Fixing Elections shows why it's not just the Electoral College that's outdated, but our entire eighteenth-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415931939
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Landscape of Post-Democracy
Pt. 1Geography is Destiny
Ch. 1"A House Divided ..."3
Ch. 2Ex Uno Plures: "One System, Two Nations"21
Ch. 3The Technology of Democracy38
Pt. 2The People's Congress?
Ch. 4The People's House63
Ch. 5Behind Closed Doors: The Recurring Plague of Redistricting78
Ch. 6The Gravity of the Prize94
Ch. 7Worse Than Winner Take All: Affirmative Action for Low-Population States119
Pt. 3The Death of Discourse
Ch. 8Of Pollster-geists and Consultants: The Mad Science of Winner Take All Campaigns141
Ch. 9The Wizards behind the Curtain165
Ch. 10The Winner Take All Media: The Fourth Estate Sells Out180
Ch. 11Caught between a Poll and a Hard Focus Group: The Loss of Political Ideas201
Pt. 4Majority Rule? Or Majority Fooled?
Ch. 12Winner Take All Policy: Where the Majority Does Not Always Rule223
Ch. 13The Roller-Coaster Policy Ride of Winner Take All240
Ch. 14The Gatekeepers of Winner Take All264
Ch. 15"Winner Takes Nothing"278
Epilogue: Toward "E Pluribus Unum"298
Acknowledgments301
Notes305
Index349

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