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Democracy in the States offers a 21st century agenda for election reform in America based on lessons learned in the fifty states. Combining accessibility and rigor, leading scholars of U.S. politics and elections examine the impact of reforms intended to increase the integrity, fairness, and responsiveness of the electoral system. While some of these reforms focus on election administration, which has been the subject of much controversy since the 2000 presidential election, others seek more broadly to increase political participation and improve representation. For example, Paul Gronke (Reed College) and his colleagues study the relationship between early voting and turnout. Barry Burden (University of Wisconsin–Madison) examines the hurdles that third-party candidates must clear to get on the ballot in different states. Michael McDonald (George Mason University) analyzes the leading strategies for redistricting reform. And Todd Donovan (Western Washington University) focuses on how the spread of "safe" legislative seats affects both representation and participation. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously observed that "a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country." Nowhere is this function more essential than in the sphere of election reform, as this important book shows.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. The Promise of Election Reform
  2. caroline tolbert, todd donovan, and bruce e. cain
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. Part One: Promoting Integrity
  2. pp. 19-20
  1. Election Administration and Voter Confidence
  2. lonna rae atkeson and kyle l. saunders
  3. pp. 21-34
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  1. Poll Workers' Job Satisfaction and Confidence
  2. thad hall, j. quin monson, and kelly d. patterson
  3. pp. 35-52
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  1. Part Two: Promoting Participation
  2. pp. 53-54
  1. Vote Centers and Voter Turnout
  2. eric gonzalez juenke and juliemarie shepherd
  3. pp. 55-67
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  1. Early Voting and Voter Turnout
  2. paul gronke, eva galanes-rosenbaum, and peter a. miller
  3. pp. 68-82
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  1. Election Day Registration, Competition, and Voter Turnout
  2. caroline tolbert, todd donovan, bridgett king, and shaun bowler
  3. pp. 83-98
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  1. Direct Democracy, Engagement, and Voter Turnout
  2. caroline tolbert and daniel c. bowen
  3. pp. 99-114
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  1. Part Three: Promoting Responsiveness
  2. pp. 115-116
  1. Term Limits and State Legislatures
  2. thad kousser
  3. pp. 117-133
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  1. Multimember Districts and State Legislatures
  2. christopher a. cooper
  3. pp. 134-146
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  1. Legislative Redistricting
  2. michael p. mcdonald
  3. pp. 147-160
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  1. Multiple Parties and Ballot Regulations
  2. barry c. burden
  3. pp. 161-173
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  1. Direct Democracy and Election and Ethics Laws
  2. daniel a. smith
  3. pp. 174-185
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  1. A Goal for Reform
  2. todd donovan
  3. pp. 186-198
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  1. From the Last Generation for Reform to the Next
  2. bruce e. cain
  3. pp. 199-206
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  1. References
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 229-230
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 231-238
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780815701477
MARC Record
OCLC
432429055
Pages
238
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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