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The Resource Ballot Battles : the history of disputed elections in the United States, Edward B. Foley

Ballot Battles : the history of disputed elections in the United States, Edward B. Foley

Label
Ballot Battles : the history of disputed elections in the United States
Title
Ballot Battles
Title remainder
the history of disputed elections in the United States
Statement of responsibility
Edward B. Foley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Ballot Battles, Edward Foley presents a sweeping history of election controversies in the United States, tracing how their evolution generated legal precedents that ultimately transformed how we determine who wins and who loses. While weaving a narrative spanning over two centuries, Foley repeatedly returns to an originating event: because the Founding Fathers despised parties and never envisioned the emergence of a party system, they wrote a constitution that did not provide clear solutions for high-stakes and highly-contested elections in which two parties could pool resources against one another. Moreover, in the American political system that actually developed, politicians are beholden to the parties which they represent - and elected officials have typically had an outsized say in determining the outcomes of extremely close elections that involve recounts. This underlying structural problem, more than anything else, explains why intense ballot battles that leave one side feeling aggrieved will continue to occur for the foreseeable future. American democracy has improved dramatically over the last two centuries. But the same cannot be said for the ways in which we determine who wins the very close races. From the founding until today, there has been little progress toward fixing the problem. Indeed, supporters of John Jay in 1792 and opponents of Lyndon Johnson in the 1948 Texas Senate race would find it easy to commiserate with Al Gore after the 2000 election. Ballot Battles is not only the first full chronicle of contested elections in the US. It also provides a powerful explanation of why the American election system has been-and remains-so ineffective at deciding the tightest races in a way that all sides will agree is fair
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Foley, Edward B
Dewey number
324.973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK1994
LC item number
.F65 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elections
  • Election monitoring
  • Political corruption
  • Election monitoring
  • Elections
  • Political corruption
  • United States
Label
Ballot Battles : the history of disputed elections in the United States, Edward B. Foley
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090280199
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 479 pages ;
Isbn
9780190865955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Ballot Battles : the history of disputed elections in the United States, Edward B. Foley
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090280199
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 479 pages ;
Isbn
9780190865955
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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