The Longest Night: Polemics and Perspectives on Election 2000 / Edition 1

The Longest Night: Polemics and Perspectives on Election 2000 / Edition 1

by Arthur Jacobson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520235495

ISBN-13: 9780520235496

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

"The Longest Night provides a comprehensive and insightful look at our country's most fascinating election. The contributions from political insiders are utterly absorbing. Sharply written and edited; an impressive collaboration."—Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power

"Arthur Jacobson and Michel Rosenfeld have provided a very

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"The Longest Night provides a comprehensive and insightful look at our country's most fascinating election. The contributions from political insiders are utterly absorbing. Sharply written and edited; an impressive collaboration."—Susan Estrich, author of Sex and Power

"Arthur Jacobson and Michel Rosenfeld have provided a very important civic service. Their collection of commentaries on the disputed presidential election of 2000 brings all the confusion and frenzy of that event into clear intellectual focus. On one level it documents the most lively and informed reaction to the legal aftermath of the election. But it does more. It contains a range of erudite and well-reasoned interpretations, not just of the law and court decisions, but also of political institutions, the constitutional history, and the election itself."—Mary P Ryan, author of Civic Wars: Democracy and Public Life in the American City during the Nineteenth Century

"The great strength of this book is its inclusion of international perspectives on the American presidential debacle of 2000. After reading the insights of commentators and scholars from France, Italy, Germany, and elsewhere, it becomes clear precisely why, like an aging Humpty-Dumpty, our patchwork set of elitist assumptions, idiosyncratic practices, and archaic democratic institutions came tumbling down in Florida. It is too late simply to put Humtpy-Dumpty back together again. The Longest Night reminds us that the United States has much to learn from those countries that are boldly advandcing the future of democracy and leaving us in their dust."—Lani Guinier, coauthor of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235496
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
428
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Cast and Chronology22
1Equal Protection for Votes47
2Law and Data: The Butterfly Ballot Episode50
3Disputing Elections69
4A Badly Flawed Election89
5Exchange between Ronald Dworkin and Charles Fried100
6Bush v. Gore: Three Strikes for the Constitution, the Court, and Democracy, but There Is Always Next Season111
7The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v. Gore144
8The Ghostwriters189
9Notes for the Unpublished Supplemental Separate Opinions in Bush v. Gore212
10Anatomy of a Constitutional Coup227
11The Many Faces of Bush v. Gore236
12Springtime for Rousseau250
13Machiavelli in Robes? The Court in the Election256
14A Flawed yet Resilient System: A View from Jerusalem279
15Constitutional Council Review of Presidential Elections in France and a French Judicial Perspective on Bush v. Gore295
16Seven Reasons Why Bush v. Gore Would Have Been Unlikely in Germany318
17Bush v. Gore: A View from Italy322
18Democracy in America: A European Perspective on the Millennial Election332
19Weighing the Alternatives: Reform or Deform?347
20The Electoral College: A Fatally Flawed Institution361
21The Electoral College: A Modest Contribution371
22Popular Election of the President without a Constitutional Amendment391
List of Contributors397
Index401

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