Election Law and Democratic Theory

Election Law and Democratic Theory

by David Schultz

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While numerous books and articles examine various aspects either of democratic theory or of specific topics in election law, there is no comprehensive book that provides a detailed and scholarly discussion of the political and democratic theory underpinnings of election law. Election Law and Democratic Theory fills this important gap, as author David Schultz offers a scholarly analysis of the political principles and democratic values underlying election law and the regulation of political campaigns and participants in the United States. The book provides the first full-length examination of the political theories that form the basis for many of the current debates in election law that structure both Supreme Court and scholarly considerations of topics ranging from campaign finance reform, voting rights, reapportionment, and ballot access to the rights of political parties, the media, and other players in the system. It challenges much of the current debate in election law and argues for more discussion and development of a democratic political theory to support and guide election law jurisprudence.

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ISBN-13: 9781317145295
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/29/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

David Schultz is a professor in the Hamline University Department of Political Science, where he teaches classes in public administration and state and local government. He also holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he teaches election law, state constitutional law, and legal ethics.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: why theory?; Theory: the missing piece in election law scholarship and adjudication; Democratic theory and American politics; Voting rights; Minority rights and the failure of direct democracy; Representation and reapportionment; Political parties; Money, politics, and campaign financing; Conclusion: toward a democratic theory of election law; Index.

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