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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415931940

ISBN-13: 9780415931946

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Fixing Elections shows our whole 18th-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures. Steven Hill argues our geographic-based, Winner Take All political system is at the root of many of our worst political problems, including poor minority and majority representation, low voter turnout, expensive mudslinging campaigns,

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Fixing Elections shows our whole 18th-century Winner Take All political system, including the way we elect our legislatures. Steven Hill argues our geographic-based, Winner Take All political system is at the root of many of our worst political problems, including poor minority and majority representation, low voter turnout, expensive mudslinging campaigns, congressional gridlock, regional balkanization, and the growing divide between city-dwellers and middle-America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415931946
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(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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