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Why American Elections Are Flawed (and How to Fix Them)$
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Pippa Norris

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501713408

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501713408.001.0001

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Conclusions and Recommendations

(p.65) V Conclusions and Recommendations
Why American Elections Are Flawed (and How to Fix Them)

Pippa Norris

Cornell University Press

This chapter summarizes the core argument and the reforms recommended to advance free and fair elections at home and abroad. Considerable evidence suggests that problems in the American electoral process have worsened, and piecemeal reforms will not be enough to compensate for growing party polarization and declining public confidence, both of which have risen since 2000. Matters of electoral governance should not be determined through laws enacted by self-interested partisan representatives in state houses. Instead, the reform process needs to engage us all. By themselves, the proposed reforms will not automatically restore confidence in elections overnight, but they are the first step in the long-term process of stemming the loss of public trust in American elections.

Keywords:   electoral reform, American electoral process, elections, electoral policy reform

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