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Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

Series Editor: Matthew J. Streb

The Routledge series Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation presents cutting edge scholarship and innovative thinking on a broad range of issues relating to democratic practice and theory. An electoral democracy, to be effective, must show a strong relationship between representation and a fair open election process. Designed to foster debate and challenge assumptions about how elections and democratic representation should work, titles in the series present a strong but fair argument on topics related to elections and the institutions shaping them, voting behavior, party and media involvement, representation, and democratic theory.

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  1. In Defense of Politicians

    The Expectations Trap and Its Threat to Democracy

    By Stephen K. Medvic

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    Politicians are reviled. From jokes on late-night TV talk shows to radio show rants and from public opinion polls to ubiquitous conventional wisdom—politicians are among the most despised professional class in modern society. Drawing on seminal work in political science, Stephen K. Medvic...

    Published December 16th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Direct Democracy and Minority Rights

    A Critical Assessment of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American States

    By Daniel Lewis

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    This book conclusively demonstrates that direct democracy—institutions like the ballot initiative and the referendum—endangers the rights of minorities and perpetuates a tyranny of the majority. While advocates of direct democracy advocate that these institutions protect citizens from corrupt...

    Published November 13th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Helping America Vote

    The Limits of Election Reform

    By Martha Kropf, David C. Kimball

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    A repeat of the Florida debacle in the 2000 presidential election is the fear of every election administrator. Despite the relatively complication-free 2008 election, we are working with fairly new federal legislation designed to ease election administration problems. The implementation of the Help...

    Published December 19th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Third Party Blues

    The Truth and Consequences of Two-Party Dominance

    By Scot Schraufnagel

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    More than many areas of American politics research, studies of minor party competition and success are often overly driven by normative concerns that do not hold up to empirical scrutiny. This concise book presents a concerted effort to analyze the barriers in election law, such as ballot access...

    Published March 28th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Rethinking American Electoral Democracy

    2nd Edition

    By Matthew J. Streb

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    While frustration with various aspects of American democracy abound in the United States, there is little agreement over—or even understanding of—what kinds of changes would make the system more effective and increase political participation. Matthew J. Streb sheds much needed light on all the...

    Published January 23rd 2011 by Routledge

  6. The Imperfect Primary

    Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics

    By Barbara Norrander

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    Recognized as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011! Many people complain about the complex system used to nominate presidents. The system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. Because of the dissatisfaction over the idiosyncrasies of the current system, periodic calls...

    Published July 5th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Congressional Representation & Constituents

    The Case for Increasing the U.S. House of Representatives

    By Brian Frederick

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    The U.S. House of Representatives has been frozen at 435 members for almost a century, and in that time the nation’s population has grown by more than 200 percent. With the number of citizens represented by each House member now dramatically larger, is a major consequence of this historical...

    Published November 24th 2009 by Routledge

  8. In Defense of Judicial Elections

    By Chris W. Bonneau, Melinda Gann Hall

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    One of the most contentious issues in politics today is the propriety of electing judges. Ought judges be independent of democratic processes in obtaining and retaining their seats, or should they be subject to the approval of the electorate and the processes that accompany popular control? While...

    Published May 31st 2009 by Routledge

  9. Fault Lines

    Why the Republicans Lost Congress

    Edited by Jeffery Mondak, Dona-Gene Mitchell

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    In some years elections bring about enduring changes to the American political scene. In 2006, a pivotal election year, the Republicans suffered a resounding defeat, losing the House and Senate for the first time since the 1994 "Republican Revolution." But what caused this pivotal shift? Fault...

    Published July 27th 2008 by Routledge

  10. Redistricting and Representation

    Why Competitive Elections are Bad for America

    By Thomas Brunell

    Series: Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

    Pundits have observed that if so many incumbents are returned to Congress to each election by such wide margins, perhaps we should look for ways to increase competitiveness – a centerpiece to the American way of life – through redistricting. Do competitive elections increase voter satisfaction? How...

    Published February 27th 2008 by Routledge

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