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Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics

Nicholas R. Seabrook

Abstract

Radical redistricting plans, such as that pushed through by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2003, are frequently used for partisan purposes. Perry's plan sent twenty-one Republicans (and only eleven Democrats) to Congress in the 2004 elections. Such heavy-handed tactics strike many as contrary to basic democratic principles. This book uses a combination of political science methods and legal studies insights to investigate the effects of redistricting on U.S. House elections. It concludes that partisan gerrymandering poses far less of a threat to democratic accountability than conventional wisdom ... More

Keywords: congressional elections, Rick Perry, Republicans, Congress, redistricting, gerrymandering, partisanship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705311
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705311.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas R. Seabrook, author
University of North Florida