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Elbridge Gerry's Salamander

The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution

Elbridge Gerry's Salamander by Gary W. Cox
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The Supreme Court's reapportionment decisions, beginning with Baker v. Carr in 1962, had far more than jurisprudential consequences. They sparked a massive wave of extraordinary redistricting in the mid-1960s. Both state legislative and congressional districts were redrawn more comprehensively - by far - than at any previous time in America's history. Moreover, they changed what would happen at law should a state government fail to enact a new districting plan when one was legally required. This 2002 book provides a detailed analysis of how judicial partisanship affected redistricting outcomes in the 1960s, arguing that the reapportionment revolution led indirectly to three fundamental changes in the nature of congressional elections: the abrupt eradication of a 6% pro-Republican bias in the translation of congressional votes into seats outside the south; the abrupt increase in the apparent advantage of incumbents; and the abrupt alteration of the two parties' success in congressional recruitment and elections.
Cambridge University Press; March 2002
249 pages; ISBN 9780511029011
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Title: Elbridge Gerry's Salamander
Author: Gary W. Cox; Jonathan N. Katz
 
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