Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends [2 volumes]

by
Mark P. Joneseditor

Mark P. Jones, PhD, is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University.

Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends [2 volumes]

20200224

ABC-CLIO

Pages 832
Topics Absentee Voting;Bush v. Gore;Citizens United Campaign Finance Ruling;Early Voting;Electoral College;Felon Disenfranchisement;Gerrymandering;Mail-in Voting;Open and Closed Primaries;Single-Issue Voters;Straight-Ticket Voting;Term Limits;Voter Fraud;Voter Suppression

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Voting and Political Representation in America: Issues and Trends [2 volumes]

Contributors: Jones, Mark;
Abstract:

Examines voting trends and political representation in the United States today, with a special focus on debates over voting rights, voter fraud, and voter suppression; and election rules and regulations, including those related to gerrymandering, campaign fundraising, and other controversies.

Does the average American have a voice in Washington? Are they well-represented, or are they marginalized? Do elections reflect fundamental democratic institutions and values, or are they tarnished by voter suppression, voter fraud, gerrymandering, or other factors? To what extent do America's elected officials reflect the diversity of race, religion, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, and political views of the wider American population?

This encyclopedia explores all these questions and more. It examines important mechanisms and laws shaping political representation in America in the 21st century, such as term limits, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, and "direct democracy" (ballot initiatives and referendums); and the degree to which various demographic groups are represented in state and federal legislatures, from Latinos and senior citizens to atheists and residents of rural states. It also explains the basis for escalating concerns about both voter fraud and voter suppression.


  • Sets voting trends and political representation in context through a historical overview of their evolution in America.
  • Provides authoritative coverage of important terms, laws, trends, and controversies ranging from racially based voter suppression efforts to gerrymandering in an encyclopedia section.
  • Coverage of structural elements of elections and political representation.
  • Chronology of events that have shaped the modern world of voting and political representation in America.

Editor(s): Jones, Mark;
SortTitle: voting and political representation in america: issues and trends [2 volumes]
Keyword(s): Absentee Voting; Bush v. Gore; Citizens United Campaign Finance Ruling; Early Voting; Electoral College; Felon Disenfranchisement; Gerrymandering; Mail-in Voting; Open and Closed Primaries; Single-Issue Voters; Straight-Ticket Voting; Term Limits; Voter Fraud; Voter Suppression
Author Info:
Mark P. Joneseditor

Mark P. Jones, PhD, is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University.

eISBN-13: 9781440860850
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440860843
Imprint: ABC-CLIO
Pages: 832
Publication Date: 20200224