Electoral Reform And Minority Representation: Local Experiments With Alternative Elections

29 janvier 2021|
Electoral Reform And Minority Representation: Local Experiments With Alternative Elections de Shaun Bowler
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Questions of minority representation have long plagued the U.S. voting systems. The standard election often leaves political, racial, or ethnic minorities with little chance of being represented. Race-conscious districting remains the primary policy tool used for providing representation of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States—and it continues to generate tremendous conflict. Can alternatives to race-conscious, single-member districts offer benefits that extend beyond simply providing descriptive representations of minorities?

This study examines one such “semi-proportional” representation election system: Cumulative Voting (CV). For over a decade, scores of local U.S. governments have been elected by Cumulative Voting. This provides us with the ability to examine the effects of CV elections over time. Moreover, the use of CV in the United States allows us to compare politics in places that adopted CV to highly similar places that did not. Electoral Reform and Minority Representation shares evidence that CV elections can produce minority representation that matches levels generated with the drawing of race-conscious “majority-minority” districting. It also offers evidence that the quality of democratic processes in CV communities is in several ways higher that those under districts.

Given America’s growing racial and ethnic diversity, and given successful legal challenges that limit the use of race-conscious districting Electoral Reform and Minority Representation suggests that Cumulative Voting may be a better way to achieve minority representation in U.S. politics.

Shaun Bowler is professor of political science at University of California in Riverside. Todd Donovan is professor of political science at Western Washington University. David Brockington is a researcher at University Twente.
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Titre :Electoral Reform And Minority Representation: Local Experiments With Alternative Elections
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :170 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.6 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :170 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.6 po
Publié le :29 janvier 2021
Publié par :Ohio State University Press
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780814257111

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