Election Law in the American Political System (2d Ed.) [Table of Contents and Preface Only]
James A. Gardner & Guy-Uriel E. Charles, ELECTION LAW IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM (2d edition), Aspen Publishers, 2018
30 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2017
Date Written: October 31, 2017
The second edition of this Election Law casebook, suitable for use in law schools and political science departments, offers an easy to teach, student-friendly, intellectually rich casebook with comprehensive coverage of the legal rules and doctrines that shape democratic participation in the 21st-century American political system.
Election law establishes the ground rules by which politics itself is conducted. It is thus impossible, in our view, to teach American election law without considering the kind of politics we have, and without asking whether it is the kind of politics we want, or deserve, or can justify. This book is therefore designed to provide robust support for instructors who wish to ask questions about the efficacy, justifiability, and merits of contemporary politics and politico-legal institutions.
The book supports this approach in two ways. First, it organizes the materials in a way that stresses the conceptual connections between legal regimes structuring different phases of the democratic process. Second, it draws frequently on democratic theory, empirical political science, history, sociology, and other disciplines to provide tools to help answer, or at the very least to help frame and to ask, the really significant and challenging questions about the design and justifications of contemporary American election law. At the same time, the book’s careful selection of cases and its use of more comprehensive case excerpts than are sometimes found in law school casebooks allow it to support teaching approaches that stress the intensive legal analysis of doctrine.
The casebook has been updated throughout with new material including identity theory of voting behavior, alternative electoral systems, emerging metrics for evaluating the quality of election administration, and developments concerning the advent of “fake news” in election campaigns. Election Law in the American Political System also includes expanded coverage of developments regarding independent districting commissions, judicial elections, legal standards to adjudicate partisan gerrymandering, and the concept of “wisdom of the multitude.”
To give a clearer and more concrete idea of what this means for the content and organization of the book, the accompanying download provides the book’s Table of Contents and Preface.
Keywords: Elections, democracy, voting, casebook
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