Drawing Boundaries: Election Law and Its Democratic Consequences
ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY: AUSTRALIAN PROSPECTS, Tham, Costar, Orr, eds., Melbourne University Press, 2011
20 Pages Posted: 4 May 2011
Date Written: May 2, 2011
This chapter delineates three conceptions of fairness in election law using the example of electoral boundary drawing. A tradition of ‘positive’ fairness in Australia and Canada – though recently challenged – is shown to be more democratically representative and coherent than ‘negative’ and ‘perfectionist’ conceptions dominant in the American election law setting.
Keywords: Fairness, Election Law, Boundaries, Electorates, Ridings, Districts, Australia, Canada, USA
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