Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty


Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty Author Anthony J. McGann
ISBN-10 131650767X
ISBN-13 9781316507674
Year 2016-04-04
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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This book considers the causes and consequences of partisan gerrymandering in the U S House The Supreme Court s decision in Vieth v Jubelirer 2004 made challenging a district plan on ground of partisan gerrymandering practically impossible Through a rigorous scientific analysis of US House district maps the authors argue that partisan bias increased dramatically in the 2010 redistricting round after the Vieth decision both at the national and state level From a constitutional perspective unrestrained partisan gerrymandering poses a critical threat to a central pillar of American democracy popular sovereignty State legislatures now effectively determine the political composition of the US House The book answers the Court s challenge to find a new standard for gerrymandering that is both constitutionally grounded and legally manageable It argues that the scientifically rigorous partisan symmetry measure is an appropriate legal standard for partisan gerrymandering as it is a necessary condition of individual equality and can be practically applied

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