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Election Law in the American Political System

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Second Edition

James A. Gardner
SUNY Buffalo 

Guy-Uriel E. Charles
Duke University 

2017. 1,104 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-8331-9. With Teacher’s Manual.

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About the Book

The second edition of Election Law in the American Political System, by James A. Gardner and Guy-Uriel E. Charles, offers an easy to teach, student-friendly, intellectually rich casebook with comprehensive coverage of the legal rules and doctrines that shape democratic participation in the 21st century American political system. The second edition of this casebook is updated throughout with new material including identity theory of voting behavior, alternative electoral systems, emerging metrics for evaluating the quality of election administration, and developments concerning the advent of “fake news” in election campaigns. Election Law in the American Political System also includes expanded coverage of developments regarding independent districting commissions, judicial elections, legal standards to adjudicate partisan gerrymandering, and the concept of “wisdom of the multitude.” With redesigned coverage and a thoughtful selection and careful editing of cases, the second edition contextualizes legal doctrine by providing insightful background readings and using expository material to introduce topics.

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Key Features:
  • New coverage on identity theory of voting behavior, alternative electoral systems, including limited and cumulative voting and the single transferable vote, evolution of judicial review of democratic processes, and developments concerning the advent of “fake news” in election campaigns.
  • Expanded coverage of “wisdom of the multitude,” legal standards to adjudicate partisan gerrymandering, and developments regarding independent district commissions.
  • Expanded and updated case law coverage on: Political question doctrine: Colegrove v. Green and Baker v. Carr, Partisan gerrymandering: Vieth v. Jubilirer, Voting Rights Act: Shelby County v. Holder, Judicial campaigning: Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, and Campaign finance: McCutcheon v. FEC.