America's Uneven Democracy: Race, Turnout, and by Zoltan L. Hajnal

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By Zoltan L. Hajnal

even supposing there's a common trust that asymmetric voter turnout results in biased results in American democracy, latest empirical checks have chanced on few results. via providing a scientific account of the way and the place turnout concerns in neighborhood politics, this publication demanding situations a lot of what we all know approximately turnout in the USA at the present time. It demonstrates that low and asymmetric turnout, an element at play in such a lot American towns, ends up in sub-optimal results for racial and ethnic minorities. Low turnout leads to losses in mayoral elections, much less equitable racial and ethnic illustration on urban councils, and skewed spending rules. the significance of turnout confirms lengthy held suspicions concerning the under-representation of minorities and increases normative matters approximately neighborhood democracy. thankfully, this e-book deals an answer. research of neighborhood participation shows small swap to neighborhood election timing - a reform that's affordable and comparatively effortless to enact - may perhaps dramatically extend neighborhood voter turnout.

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