You Call This an Election? America's Peculiar Democracy

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Index
accountability, 24-25; apportionment/ redistricting and, 126; campaign spending and, 51; electoral administration and, 112-13, 125-26; electoral college and, 103-7, 125; factors enhancing, 31-32; impact of electoral systems compared, 51-53; initiatives and, 79; legislative politics vs. initiatives, 95; mixed electoral systems and, 48; as objective of an electoral system, 28; party government and, 34-35; Progressive reforms and, 66; proportional representation systems and, 43-44; recalls and, 80; referendums and, 80; single-member majority systems and, 41-42; single-member plurality systems and, 37, 39; single-transferable-vote systems and, 46; voter turnout and, 74-75
activists and activation: impact of, 16-17; targeted in initiatives, 90; vs. mobilization of voters, 68-71. See also initiatives; issue advocacy
Adams, John Quincy, 99
AFL-CIO, 97
African Americans, racial redistricting and. See redistricting
agenda control, 21, 79-80, 90
Aldrich, John, 59
Allswang, John, 84-85
American public: apathy of, 19, 29; attitudes of nonvoters, 70-71; dislike of political debate, 15-17, 28; election of 2000, acceptance of, 8, 98, 101; electoral salience and, 72; initiative process, support for, 78-79; legislative process, opinion of, 93-94; national institutions, reverence for, 19—20; political knowledge of (see knowledge)
Americans for Medical Rights, 89
Anderson, John, 103
Ansolabehere, Stephen, 132, 135
apathy, 19, 29
apportionment, 115, 138. See also decennial census
Australia, 40-42, 44-45, 53, 71
Austria, 71
Bachrach, Peter, 29
Baker v. Carr, 119
ballots: in Florida, 4, 6; proposals for improving, 138; questions regarding, 112; types of, 110-11; uniquely American, 34
Barber, Benjamin, 29, 142-44
Belgium, 71
Berelson, Bernard, 73-74
Bessette, Joseph, 15
Bowler, Shaun, 82
Breyer, Stephen G., 122
Britain. See Great Britain
Bryan, William Jennings, 66
Buchanan, Pat, 3, 147
Buckley p. Valeo, 49-50, 129, 131, 134-35
Burke, Edmund, 52

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You Call This an Election? America's Peculiar Democracy
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction - Peculiar, Indeed 1
  • Chapter 1 - What an Electoral System Can Do 11
  • Chapter 2 - Compared to What? 33
  • Chapter 3 - Why Turnout Fell 55
  • Chapter 4 - Direct Democracy or Legislative Government? 77
  • Chapter 5 - Four Controversies 97
  • Chapter 6 - What Sort of Democracy? 127
  • Conclusion - Less Peculiar 145
  • Notes 149
  • References 151
  • Index 161
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