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

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

by Steven Hill
     
 

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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,

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Lani Guinier
A provocative reminder that we desperately need to re-invigorate our democracy. By cataloguing the elements of the crisis facing our divided polity, from orphaned voters to a far-reaching political depression, Steven Hill shows how crucial it is to explore the unfairness of our electoral system's underlying structure rather than simply working to reform the mechanics of voting.
William Greider
Steven Hill is making the case for real reform of America's decayed democracy — changes that will actually give weight to every vote cast and begin the hard process of convincing Americans of every persuasion that their votes really can matter.
The Nation
Katrina van den Heuvel
For the past decade, Steven Hill's analysis, commentary and activism have helped shape pro-democracy work in the United States.
Library Journal
The cofounder and associate director of the Center for Voting and Democracy (www.fairvote.org) and author of Whose Vote Counts and numerous articles on the electoral system, Hill here presents an analysis of the current winner-take-all electoral system in the United States. He examines how this two-party system affects voter participation, legislative representation, political campaigns, and legislative policies. Hill's argument that the United States should change its electoral arrangement to a proportional system is convincing, but the narrative style and "cute" phrasing (e.g., Bushlandia) is not only awkward but detracts from the seriousness of the subject. The book contains an excellent bibliography and notes section. Academic libraries with strong political science collections may want to add this title to their collections. Others may prefer books that are easier to understand, such as Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward's Why American's Don't Vote or Why American's Still Don't Vote: And Why Politicians Want It That Way. Joyce Cox, Nevada State Lib. and Archives, Reno Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135954741
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,017,530
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Steven Hill is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a nonprofit organization promoting election reform. He frequently appears on radio and TV to discuss political issues, and his articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines including The Nation, Salon, The American Prospect, The Boston Review, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

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