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.
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About 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.
Table of ContentsPreface - The Landscape of Post-Democracy
Part I. GEOGRAPHY IS DESTINY
1. "A House Divided . . ."
2. Ex Uno Plures: "One System, Two Nations"
3. The Technology of Democracy
Part II. THE PEOPLE'S CONGRESS?
4. The People's House
5. Behind Closed Doors: The Haunting Specter of Redistricting
6. The Gravity of the Prize
7. Worse than Winner Take All: Affirmative Action for Low-Population States
Part III. THE DEATH OF DISCOURSE
8. Of Pollster-geists and Consultants: The Mad Science of Winner Take All Campaigns
9. The Wizards Behind the Curtain
10. The Winner Take All Media: The Fourth Estate Sells Out
11. Caught Between a Poll and a Hard Focus Group: The Loss of Political Ideas
Part IV. MAJORITY RULE? OR MAJORITY FOOLED?
12. Winner Take All Policy: Where Majority does not always Rule
13. The Roller Coaster Policy Ride of Winner Take All
14. The Gatekeepers of Winner Take All
15. "Winner Takes Nothing."