Assume a Can Opener: Richard Posner's Perspective on Election 2000

8 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2008 Last revised: 7 Feb 2011


Breaking the Deadlock by Judge Richard Posner is a provocative book about the controversy surrounding the 2000 Presidential election. Posner's tone is characteristically confident and his assaults on those he disagrees with (e.g. the Florida Supreme Court and the legal academy) are pointed and unyielding. The book is always clear, frequently informative, and occasionally persuasive. Why only occasionally persuasive? Because certain key positions that Posner stakes out follow from assumptions that the reader may not want to grant. This review focuses on three major areas of Breaking the Deadlock Breaking: the election statistics, the meaning of 'vote tabulation error', and the performance of the key players.

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Koehler, Jonathan J., Assume a Can Opener: Richard Posner's Perspective on Election 2000. Law, Probability and Risk, Vol. 1, pp. 75-82, July 2002 . Available at SSRN:

Jonathan J. Koehler (Contact Author)

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