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The Realities of Redistricting : Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting - Jonathan Winburn

The Realities of Redistricting

Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting

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Allowing legislators to pick the voters that make up their districts is a fundamental conflict of interest and central concern for the popular sovereignty of American elections. In The Realities of Redistricting, Jonathan Winburn examines the extent of this potential problem by focusing on both the incentives and the constraints facing state legislators during the redistricting process. Most research on redistricting tends to examine only the outcomes produced in terms of partisan gains or losses; however, we know much less about what constrains political mapmakers during the process. We know even less about whether constraints built into the process are enough to limit the partisan manipulation of both district boundaries and electoral outcomes. From the beginning stages of redistricting to the resulting outcomes on election day, this book analyzes the constraints and incentives that state legislators face. By examining the entire process, this book investigates who holds the power in the process and improves our understanding of the conditions under which redrawing district boundaries have a significant influence on partisan politics throughout the country. Specifically, reformers, who generally argue for commissions, may find that focusing on the rules rather than the actors is a better path to improving the process. The Realities of Redistricting is an interesting and informative read for anyone concerned with one of the most contentious processes in the American system.

Chapter 1 Table of Contents
Chapter 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 1 Introduction: Redistricting and Democratic Concerns
Chapter 4 2 An Incentive and Constraint Approach to Understanding Redistricting
Chapter 5 3 Unified Legislative Control: Georgia and Michigan
Chapter 6 4 Divided Legislative Control: Indiana and Kentucky
Chapter 7 5 Partisan Commission Control: Texas and Ohio
Chapter 8 6 Bipartisan Commission Control: Washington and Idaho
Chapter 9 7 Conclusion: Making the Case for Redistricting Reform
Chapter 10 Appendix 1: Measuring Gerrymandering
Chapter 11 Appendix 2: Political Subdivisions and Split Counties
Chapter 12 Appendix 3: Election Day Outcomes
Chapter 13 Bibliography

ISBN: 9780739141496
ISBN-10: 073914149X
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 7th March 2008
Publisher: University Press of America