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    Longest Night Polemics and Perspectives on Election 2000

    ISBN-10: 0520233735
    ISBN-13: 9780520233737
    Author(s): Arthur J. Jacobson, Michel Rosenfeld
    Description: The American presidential election of 2000 was perhaps the most remarkable, and in many ways the most unsettling, that the country has yet experienced. The millennial election raised fundamental questions not only about American democracy, but also  More...
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    Publisher: University of California Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 428
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
    Weight: 1.650
    Language: English

    The American presidential election of 2000 was perhaps the most remarkable, and in many ways the most unsettling, that the country has yet experienced. The millennial election raised fundamental questions not only about American democracy, but also about the nation's constitution and about the legitimate role of American courts, state and federal, and in particular about the United States Supreme Court.The Longest Nightpresents a lively and informed reaction to the legal aftermath of the election by the most prominent experts on the subject. With a balance of opposing views--including those of some of the most distinguished foreign commentators writing on the subject today--the contributors present an unusual breadth of perspectives in addressing the judicial, institutional, and political questions involved in the disputed election. Their commentaries bring the confusion and frenzy of the event into clear focus and lay the groundwork for an essential public debate that is sure to continue well into the future. The Longest Nightcontains a thorough chronology of the events in Florida, a detailed account of the institutional structure of American presidential elections, a series of analyses both criticizing and defending the decisions inBush v. Gore,American perspectives on the Florida struggle and America's electoral system, and a debate on maintaining or reforming the electoral college. The authors include participants in the legal and political battles surrounding the Florida election, foreigners charged with monitoring and supervising elections, and scholars from many disciplines specializing in constitutionalism, democracy, and American election law. Contributors

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Cast and Chronology
    In the Heat of the Battle
    Equal Protection for Votes
    Law and Data: The Butterfly Ballot Episode
    The Machinery of Democracy in America
    Disputing Elections
    The Decisions
    A Badly Flawed Election
    Exchange between Ronald Dworkin and Charles Fried
    Bush v. Gore: Three Strikes for the Constitution, the Court, and Democracy, but There Is Always Next Season
    The Unbearable Rightness of Bush v. Gore
    The Ghostwriters
    Notes for the Unpublished Supplemental Separate Opinions in Bush v. Gore
    American Perspectives
    Anatomy of a Constitutional Coup
    The Many Faces of Bush v. Gore
    Springtime for Rousseau
    Machiavelli in Robes? The Court in the Election
    Foreign Perspectives
    A Flawed yet Resilient System: A View from Jerusalem
    Constitutional Council Review of Presidential Elections in France and a French Judicial Perspective on Bush v. Gore
    Seven Reasons Why Bush v. Gore Would Have Been Unlikely in Germany
    Bush v. Gore: A View from Italy
    Democracy in America: A European Perspective on the Millennial Election
    Reform?
    Weighing the Alternatives: Reform or Deform?
    The Electoral College: A Fatally Flawed Institution
    The Electoral College: A Modest Contribution
    Popular Election of the President without a Constitutional Amendment
    List of Contributors
    Index

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