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Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy

ISBN-10: 047211901X

ISBN-13: 9780472119011

Edition: 2013

Authors: Erik J. Engstrom

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Erik J. Engstrom offers a historical perspective on the effects of gerrymandering on elections and party control of the U.S. national legislature. Aside from the requirements that districts be continuous and, after 1842, that each select only one representative, there were few restrictions on congressional districting. Unrestrained, state legislators drew and redrew districts to suit their own partisan agendas. With the rise of the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine and the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, however, redistricting became subject to court oversight.Engstrom evaluates the abundant cross-sectional and temporal variation in redistricting plans and their electoral results from all the states, from 1789 through the 1960s, to identify the causes and consequences of partisan redistricting. His analysis reveals that districting practices across states and over time systematically affected the competitiveness of congressional elections; shaped the partisan composition of congressional delegations; and, on occasion, determined party control of the House of Representatives.
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Book details

List price: $70.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 9/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 236
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Gerrymandering and the Evolution of American Politics
The Early Republic, 1789-1840
Districting and the Construction of Early American Democracy
The Origins of Single-Member Districts
The Partisan Era, 1840-1900
The Strategic Timing of Congressional Redistricting
Stacking the States, Stacking the House: The Partisan Consequences of Congressional Redistricting
Electoral Competition and Critical Elections
A Congress of Strangers: Gerrymandering and Legislative Turnover
The Partisan Impact of Malapportionment
Redistricting in the Candidate-Centered Era, 1900-Present
From Turbulence to Stasis, 1900-1964
Gerrymandering and the Future of American Politics
Notes
References
Index