Party Lines: Competition, Partisanship, and Congressional Redistricting / Edition 1

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Overview

In Party Lines, Thomas E. Mann, Bruce E. Cain, and their colleagues explain the legal and political history of redistricting since the one person, one vote revolution in the 1960s and place it in the larger context of American politics. They document its impact on competition, polarization, and partisan politics. The final chapter analyzes options for reform, including, most important, the use of independent redistricting commissions as an alternative to the typical state legislative process. Redistricting reform is no panacea but it is a start toward ensuring that American voters still have the largest say in who will represent them.
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"This study of congressional redistricting, edited by Mann and Cain, is a concise five-chapter volume that makes a coherent argument grounded in sound research. Highly recommended." —Q. Kidd, Christopher Newport University, CHOICE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815754671
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas E.Mann is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the W. Averell Harriman Chair. He is a frequent media commentator on American politics. Bruce E. Cain is Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California—Berkeley and director of the UC Washington Center. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books.

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Table of Contents

1 From equality to fairness : the path of political reform since Baker v. Carr 6
2 The impact of redistricting on candidate emergence 31
3 Pushbutton gerrymanders? : how computing has changed redistricting 51
4 Forty years in the political thicket : judicial review of the redistricting process since Reynolds v. Sims 67
5 Redistricting reform : what is desirable? : possible? 92
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