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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 American presidential election of 2000 was perhaps the most remarkable, and in many ways the most unsettling, that the country has yet experienced. The millennial election raised fundamental questions not only about American democracy, but also about the nation's constitution and about the legitimate role of American courts, state and federal, and in

Overview


The American presidential election of 2000 was perhaps the most remarkable, and in many ways the most unsettling, that the country has yet experienced. The millennial election raised fundamental questions not only about American democracy, but also about the nation's constitution and about the legitimate role of American courts, state and federal, and in particular about the United States Supreme Court. The Longest Night presents a lively and informed reaction to the legal aftermath of the election by the most prominent experts on the subject. With a balance of opposing views—including those of some of the most distinguished foreign commentators writing on the subject today—the contributors present an unusual breadth of perspectives in addressing the judicial, institutional, and political questions involved in the disputed election. Their commentaries bring the confusion and frenzy of the event into clear focus and lay the groundwork for an essential public debate that is sure to continue well into the future.

The Longest Night contains a thorough chronology of the events in Florida, a detailed account of the institutional structure of American presidential elections, a series of analyses both criticizing and defending the decisions in Bush v. Gore, American perspectives on the Florida struggle and America's electoral system, and a debate on maintaining or reforming the electoral college. The authors include participants in the legal and political battles surrounding the Florida election, foreigners charged with monitoring and supervising elections, and scholars from many disciplines specializing in constitutionalism, democracy, and American election law.

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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
Introduction
Arthur J. Jacobson and Michel Rosenfeld
Cast and Chronology

Part 1. In the Heat of the Battle
1. Equal Protection for Votes
Henry E. Brady
2. Law and Data: The Butterfly Ballot Episode
Henry E. Brady, Michael C. Herron, Walter R. Mebane Jr., Jasjeet Singh Sekhon, Kenneth W. Shotts, and Jonathan Wand

Part 2. The Machinery of Democracy in America
3. Disputing Elections
Richard H. Pildes

Part 3. The Decisions
4. A Badly Flawed Election
Ronald Dworkin
5. Exchange between Ronald Dworkin and Charles Fried
6. Bush v. Gore: Three Strikes for the Constitution, the Court, and Democracy, but There Is Always Next Season
Michel Rosenfeld
7. The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v. Gore
Nelson Lund
8. The Ghostwriters
Arthur J. Jacobson
9. Notes for the Unpublished Supplemental Separate Opinions in Bush v. Gore
Burt Neuborne

Part 4. American Perspectives
10. Anatomy of a Constitutional Coup
Bruce Ackerman
11. The Many Faces of Bush v. Gore
George P. Fletcher
12. Springtime for Rousseau
Richard Brookhiser
13. Machiavelli in Robes? The Court in the Election
Frank I. Michelman

Part 5. Foreign Perspectives
14. A Flawed yet Resilient System: A View from Jerusalem
Shlomo Avineri
15. Constitutional Council Review of Presidential Elections in France and a French Judicial Perspective on Bush v. Gore
Noëlle Lenoir
16. Seven Reasons Bush v. Gore Would Have Been Unlikely in Germany
Dieter Grimm
17. Bush v. Gore: A View from Italy
Pasquale Pasquino
18. Democracy in America: A European Perspective on the Millennial Election
Mattias Kumm

Part 6. Reform?
19. Weighing the Alternatives: Reform or Deform?
Judith Best
20. The Electoral College: A Fatally Flawed Institution
Lawrence D. Longley
21. The Electoral College: A Modest Contribution
Keith E. Whittington
22. Popular Election of the President without a Constitutional Amendment
Robert W. Bennett

List of Contributors
Index

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