Fixing Elections: The Failure of America's Winner Take All Politics / Edition 1by Steven Hill
Pub. Date: 06/01/2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Even as Florida painstakingly recounted punch-cards in 2000, voters sensed something was deeply wrong with a system in which the less popular candidate might win the highest office in the land. Fixing Elections shows why it's not just that the Electoral College is outdated, but that our whole 18th-century political technologyespecially the Winner-Take-All systemhas outlived its usefulness.
While voter turnout plummets to the single digits (episodes of Survivor draw larger audiences than midterm elections), analysts have blamed the growing apathy of the American electorate. But as Hill so eloquently argues, we're not a lazier, less civic-minded people than our grandparents. Voting just seems pointless to many citizens because they recognize the truth: their votes really don't count.
A vote for Nader may have been a wasted vote, but so was a vote for Gore in Texas, where he had no chance of winning. This is because our system relies on geographic representation and the two party duopoly. Provocative political critic Steven Hill argues this system is as the root of many of our worst political problems, including poor minority representation, low voter turnout, expensive mudslinging campaigns, congressional gridlock, and the growing divide between city-dwellers and middle-America.
In the face of cynicism about the American political system, Fixing Elections is a refreshing blueprint to resurrect our founders' democratic vision by adopting common-sense changes already instituted in other democracies. It will change the way you view American politics.
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Table of Contents
Part I. GEOGRAPHY IS DESTINY
1. "A House Divided . . ."
2. Ex Uno Plures: "One System, Two Nations"
3. The Technology of Democracy
Part II. THE PEOPLE'S CONGRESS?
4. The People's House
5. Behind Closed Doors: The Haunting Specter of Redistricting
6. The Gravity of the Prize
7. Worse than Winner Take All: Affirmative Action for Low-Population States
Part III. THE DEATH OF DISCOURSE
8. Of Pollster-geists and Consultants: The Mad Science of Winner Take All Campaigns
9. The Wizards Behind the Curtain
10. The Winner Take All Media: The Fourth Estate Sells Out
11. Caught Between a Poll and a Hard Focus Group: The Loss of Political Ideas
Part IV. MAJORITY RULE? OR MAJORITY FOOLED?
12. Winner Take All Policy: Where Majority does not always Rule
13. The Roller Coaster Policy Ride of Winner Take All
14. The Gatekeepers of Winner Take All
15. "Winner Takes Nothing."
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