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Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674660151

Publication Date: 07/31/2020


544 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 illus., 11 tables


  • Introduction
  • I. Origins
    • 1. From the Constitution to the Twelfth Amendment
  • II. The Long Struggle to Abolish Winner-Take-All
    • 2. Electoral Reform in the Era of Good Feelings
    • 3. Three Uneasy Pieces, 1870–1960
  • III. A National Popular Vote
    • 4 “A Population Anomalous” and a National Popular Vote, 1800–1960
    • 5. An Idea Whose Time Has Come
    • 6. Last Call for the Twentieth Century
  • IV. Partisan Stalemate and Electoral Misfires
    • 7. Pessimism and Innovation, 1980–2020
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A. Public Opinion Polls
  • Appendix B. Constitutional Provisions for Presidential Elections
  • Appendix C. The Evolution of the Term Electoral College
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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