Representation and the Electoral College

Representation and the Electoral College

by Robert M. Alexander


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Nearly 800 proposals have been made to amend or abolish the Electoral College, and its divisiveness raises many questions. What role do electors play in American democracy? How should they vote? Should the Electoral College exist at all? Much confusion surrounds this institution, in large part because of how the original Electoral College varies from its contemporary counterpart, the evolved Electoral College. This book helps readers to understand the distinction and how we got where we are today. Focusing on the controversial 2016 election, in which Trump received nearly three million fewer popular votes than Clinton, Representation and the Electoral College shows how the Electoral College acts on behalf of the American public and alters election outcomes. In exploring the origin, development, and practice of the Electoral College, this study also presents the most extensive analysis of presidential electors to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190939434
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 520,309
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Alexander is a professor of political science at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He is the author of four books and has served on the National Executive Committee for Pi Sigma Alpha and on the National Liaison Advisory Board for The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Theories of Representation
Chapter 3: The Founding and Evolution of the Electoral College
Chapter 4: Federalism and the Electoral College
Chapter 5: The Popular Vote and Misfires in the Electoral College
Chapter 6: Presidential Electors as Agents of Representation
Chapter 7: Alexander Hamilton and the 2016 Election
Chapter 8: Reform Efforts and Thoughts on the Electoral College

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