Districting: Apportionment and Gerrymanders

Richard S. Katz

in Democracy and Elections

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780195044294
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854752 | DOI:
Districting: Apportionment and Gerrymanders

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This chapter examines the impact of an electoral system on political apportionment and gerrymanders. The findings reveal that single-member districts may be the optimal method of representing communities because minority representation is easily accommodated. However, this approach raises problems in defining the communities to be represented and identifying the members of any nongeographic communities. This chapter concludes that the artificial creation of minority constituencies through affirmative gerrymandering is illegitimate.

Keywords: electoral system; apportionment; gerrymandering; single-member district; minorities

Chapter.  9837 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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