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Reflecting All of Us: The Case for Proportional Representation (New Democracy Forum)

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A lively dialogue on the power of electoral reform to strengthen our democratic institutions

Scholars, critics, reformers, politicians, and activists have for years asked why Americans are so uninvolved in the political process. Minority underrepresentation, the marginalization of progressive voices, the exclusion of the poor-these and other serious problems appear everywhere, from the pages of national newspapers to MTV.

Robert Richie and Steven Hill offer a powerful solution, one currently in practice in many parts of the world, including places in the U.S.: proportional representation. They demonstrate that unlike the winner-takes-all system, which always leaves the losers completely unrepresented, proportional representation gives all points of view a political voice; it works by giving citizens multiple votes or the right to vote for more than one candidate, or by giving political parties power according to percentages of votes received.

Esteemed thinkers-Cynthia McKinney, John Ferejohn, E. Joshua Rosenkrantz, Gary W. Cox, Daniel Cantor, Ross Mirkarimi, Anthony Thig penn, and Pamela S. Karlan-respond in essays discussing the forms proportional representation could take to operate best in the U.S. Their contributions underscore the concept at the heart of this book: the more people invested in the political process, the more democratic-and reflective of all of us-our system becomes.

NEW DEMOCRACY FORUM: A series of short paperback originals exploring creative solutions to our most urgent national concerns. The series editors (for Boston Review), Joshua Cohen and Joel Rogers, aim to foster politically engaged, intellectually honest, and morally serious debate about fundamental issues-both on and off the agenda of conventional politics.

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Synopsis:

An original, significant argument for sweeping electoral reform to strengthen our democratic institutions, this book includes Richie's and Hill's lead essay, along with responses by our most progressive politicians, activists, and scholars that offer a convincing argument for why proportional representation can correct many of our societal ills, such as racial inequality and mistrust of political parties.

About the Author

'Robert Richie and Steven Hill are executive director and West Coast director, respectively, of the Center for Voting and Democracy, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that promotes reforms to increase fair representation and voter participation. Robert Richie lives in Washington, D.C., and Steven Hill lives in San Francisco, California.'

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807044216
Editor:
Kleit, Micah
Editor:
Kleit, Micah
Editor:
Rogers, Joel; Cohen, Joshua
Editor:
Kleit, Micah
Author:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
Rogers, Joel
Author:
Richie, Robert
Author:
Hill, Steven
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Congress
Subject:
Elections
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Representative government and representation
Subject:
Proportional representation
Subject:
Elections -- United States.
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - Legislative Branch
Subject:
Proportional representation -- United States.
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New Democracy Forum
Publication Date:
January 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7.87x5.32x.37 in. .30 lbs.

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