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Author Engstrom, Erik J.

Title Partisan gerrymandering and the construction of American democracy / Erik J. Engstrom.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource (227 pages) : illustrations
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Series Legislative politics & policy making
Legislative politics & policy making.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-221) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Gerrymandering and the evolution of American politics -- Districting and the construction of early American democracy -- The origins of single-member districts -- 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 -- From turbulence to stasis, 1900-1964 -- Gerrymandering and the future of American politics.
Language English.
Subject Gerrymandering -- United States.
Apportionment (Election law) -- United States.
Election districts -- United States.
Voting -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Political science and theory.
Politics and government.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- Legislative Branch.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Ideologies -- Democracy.
Apportionment (Election law) (OCoLC)fst00811773
Election districts (OCoLC)fst00904291
Gerrymandering (OCoLC)fst00942249
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Representative government and representation (OCoLC)fst01094941
Voting (OCoLC)fst01169232
United States (OCoLC)fst01204155
Indexed Term political science.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
In: Knowledge Unlatched
Other Form: Print version: Engstrom, Erik J. Partisan gerrymandering and the construction of American democracy. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2013] 9780472119011 (DLC) 2013015656 (OCoLC)844308430
ISBN 9781306081634 (electronic bk.)
1306081637 (electronic bk.)
9780472029525 (electronic bk.)
0472029525 (electronic bk.)
9780472900015 (electronic bk.)
0472900013 (electronic bk.)
9780472119011 (hardback)
047211901X (hardback)
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AU@ 000052921326
CHNEW 000637829
CHVBK 311620124
DEBBG BV041633707
GBVCP 100866037X
GBVCP 1030560226
NLGGC 370442148
NZ1 15319265
NZ1 16242672

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