This book explores the similarities and differences among national election systems around the globe and sheds light on how election systems are susceptible to gerrymandering, which is the process by which an incumbent or a political party attempts to manipulate the boundaries of electoral districts for their own advantage. Presenting research showing that some of the worst electoral-system manipulation occurs in the oldest established democracies, the book explores how nations have modified the form of government to meet local conditions and how democracy is threatened by gerrymandering.
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Preface The Many Disguises of Gerrymandering The World's Use of Electoral Districts Unequal Voting Power Equality in Voters or Persons The Upper Chamber of a Bicameral Legislature Proportional Representation and Electing Nationwide Gerrymandering by Untimely or Malapportioned Redistricting or Reallocation of Seats Gerrymandering within Fixed Electoral Districts Mixed Election Systems Combining Single-Member Electoral Districts with Proportional Representation Elections Protecting Access by Minorities and Women to the Political Process.-Criteria for Determining District Boundaries The Institution Responsible for Redistricting or Reallocating Seats in the National Legislature The Role of Courts Conclusion.
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