Election Reform : Politics and Policy
Election Reform: Politics and Policy is the definitive work on the manner in which policymakers responded to the crisis that emerged from the 2000 presidential election. Editors Daniel Palazzolo and James Ceaser address two fundamental questions: How did the states and Congress respond to the problems in election law and administration that became apparent in the 2000 election? What factors explain the variety of ways in which different states responded? Anyone interested in election crisis of 2000 and in the lessons learned from a major transformation of our electoral institutions will find this book essential reading.
- Paperback | 336 pages
- 147.3 x 223.5 x 22.9mm | 385.56g
- 06 Jan 2005
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
After the election of 2000, the drive for deep electoral reform collided with the political realities of partisan disagreement, tight budgets, and a structural bias in favor of incremental change. This book features a number of scholarly assessments at the state level identifying how and why reforms occurred (or didn't occur) in the aftermath of butterfly ballots, hanging chads, and recount madness. Of equal interest to experts, students, or concerned citizens, Election Reform is both a study of election law and an insightful peek into the real world of policy making in the states. -- Andrew E. Busch, Claremont McKenna College This collection is a timely and well-crafted assessment of the trials and tribulations of election reform. -- John C. Green, director, Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, University of Akron
About Daniel J. Palazzolo
Daniel J. Palazzolo is associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond. James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia.
Table of contents
1 Section I: Introduction 2 Election Reform After the 2000 Election 3 HAVA and the States 4 Section II: Leading Major Reform States 5 Goodbye Chads, Butterfly Ballots, Overvotes and Recount Ruckuses! Election Reform in Florida, 2000 to 2003 6 Entrepreneurial Leadership and Election Reform in Georgia, 2001 to 2003 7 Maryland: Policy Entrepreneurship in a One-Party State 8 Section III: Incremental Change States 9 Idaho: Election Reform at the Margins 10 Election Reform in Virginia: Deliberation and Incremental Change 11 California: Low Tech Solutions Meet High-Tech Possibilities 12 Pennsylvania: New Policies, Old Politics 13 Dogs and Dead People: Incremental Election Reform in Missouri 14 Section IV: Late-Developing Reform States 15 Arizona: Concerted Effort, Gridlock, and Then Breakthrough 16 Illinois: Ending the Gridlock 17 New York: An Antiquated System Resistant to Change 18 Section V: Conclusion 19 Beyond the End of the Beginning