Proceedings of the American Political Science Association Volume 9

Proceedings of the American Political Science Association Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...The changes are both structural and functional. Such proposals as those for woman suffrage, proportional and minority representation, the representation of interests, and those for plural and weighted voting, alter in essential particulars the structure of the electorate. In such movements as those for the initiative, the referendum, the recall, and the recall of judicial decisions, we encounter other measures which would extend the functions of the electorate far beyond anything that was thought possible by the most imaginative and sanguine reformer even a few years ago. The short ballot movement seeks, in another direction, to limit, in order to make more effective, the function of the electorate. Ballot laws and corrupt practices acts are inspired by the need for improving the methods by which the electorate performs its work. In these various proposals we are confronted with the most serious political problems of the day. Political scientists are probably devoting more attention to this field of public law than to any other. Ought not their work to be checked, guided and illuminated by a broad constructive theory of the nature of the suffrage? It is not the purpose of this paper to offer such a theory; the writer will be more than satisfied if he shall succeed in drawing attention to the importance of the subject, and in preparing the ground by a historical and critical examination of the various theories which have found acceptance in the past and which continue at present to command support. Five distinct theories of the suffrage, arising in the peculiar circumstances and conditions of different epochs of governmental development, have been utilized to explain or justify various electoral systems. These are (1) the primitive tribal theory...
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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236579658
  • 9781236579652