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America's uneven democracy : race, turnout, and representation in city politics

Author: Zoltan Hajnal
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Although there is a widespread belief that uneven voter turnout leads to biased outcomes in American democracy, existing empirical tests have found few effects. By offering a systematic account of how and where turnout matters in local politics, this book challenges much of what we know about turnout in America today. It demonstrates that low and uneven turnout, a factor at play in most American cities, leads to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zoltan Hajnal
ISBN: 9780521190343 0521190347 9780521137508 0521137500
OCLC Number: 318672982
Description: ix, 241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The vote and democracy --
Where turnout should matter --
Turnout could matter at the local level --
Winners and losers in mayoral elections --
Turnout and representation on city councils --
Turnout and local government spending priorities --
Raising voter turnout --
The broader implications of uneven turnout.
Responsibility: Zoltan L. Hajnal.

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By offering a systematic account of how and where voter turnout matters in local politics, this book confirms long held suspicions about the under-representation of minorities and proposes a  Read more...

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