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The Marketplace of Democracy: Electoral Competition & American Politics Michael P. McDonald

The Marketplace of Democracy: Electoral Competition & American Politics

Michael P. McDonald

Published September 30th 2006
ISBN : 9780815755791
Paperback
312 pages
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Since 1998, House incumbents have won 98% of reelection races. Electoral competition is low, declining in most state & primary elections. The Marketplace for Democracy combines the resources of the Brookings & Cato Institutes to address thisMoreSince 1998, House incumbents have won 98% of reelection races. Electoral competition is low, declining in most state & primary elections. The Marketplace for Democracy combines the resources of the Brookings & Cato Institutes to address this lack of competition. Contributors consider the historical development, legal background & political aspects of a system that is supposed to be responsively accountable yet is becoming stagnantly self-perpetuating. How did we get to this point & what should be done about it? Political scholars also investigate the perceived lack of competition in arenas only previously speculated on, like state legislative contests & congressional primaries. Michael P. McDonald, John Samples & colleagues analyze previous reform efforts such as direct primaries & term limits, & the effects theyve had on electoral competition. They also examine current reform efforts in redistricting & campaign finance regulation, as well as 3rd party impacts. Contributors: Stephen Ansolabehere (MIT), Wm D. Berry (FL State U), Bruce Cain (U of CA-Berkeley), Th M. Carsey (FL State U), James G. Gimpel (U of MD), Tim Groseclose (U of CA-LA), John Hanley (U of CA-Berkeley), John Mark Hansen (U of Chicago), Paul S. Herrnson (U of MD), Shigeo Hirano (Columbia U), Gary C. Jacobson (U of CA-SanDiego), Thad Kousser (U of CA-SanDiego), Frances E. Lee (U of MD), John C. Matsusaka (U of Southern CA), Kenneth R. Mayer (U of WI-Madison), Michael P. McDonald (Brookings Inst & George Mason U), Jeffrey Milyo (U of MO-Columbia), Richard G. Niemi (U of Rochester), Natheniel Persily (U of PA Law School), Lynda W. Powell (U of Rochester), David Primo (U of Rochester), John Samples (Cato Inst), James M. Snyder Jr (MIT), Timothy Werner (U of WI-Madison) & Amanda Williams (U of WI-Madison).