Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America

Author: George C. Edwards
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300109687
Release Date: 2005-05-12
Genre: Political Science

A distinguished political scientist critiques arguments in favor of the electoral college and offers a persuasive argument for direct election of the president. “[With] excellent descriptions of how the electoral system actually works, [this] is the most cogent and up-todate criticism I have read.”—Alexander Keyssar, New York Review of Books “This crisp handbook . . . outlines the origins of the electoral college . . . and demonstrates the many ways it violates democratic norms.”—New Yorker “Timely [and] relevant. . . . [Edwards’s] principal lines of argument deserve extensive debate in both the news media and the Congress.”—Lewis H. Lapham, Harper’s “Compelling . . . [and] meticulous.”—Glenn C. Altschuler, New York Observer

Why the Electoral College Is Bad for America

Author: George C. Edwards
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300133615
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Political Science

In this engaging book, David Rosen offers a radically new account of modern poetry and revises our understanding of its relation to Romanticism. British poets from Wordsworth to Auden attempted to present themselves simultaneously as persons of power and as moral voices in their communities. The modern lyric derives its characteristic complexities - psychological, ethical, formal - from the extraordinary difficulty of this effort. The low register of our language, a register of short, concrete, native words arranged in simple syntax, is deeply implicated in this story. Rosen shows how the peculiar reputation of 'plain English' for truthfulness is employed by modern poets to conceal the rift between their (probably irreconcilable) ambitions for themselves. With a deep appreciation for poetic accomplishment and a wonderful iconoclasm, Rosen sheds new light on the innovative as well as the self-deceptive aspects of modern poetry. This book alters our understanding of the history of poetry in the English language.

Wrong Winner

Author: David W. Abbott
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0275938719
Release Date: 1991-01-01
Genre: Political Science

"The historical evidence and the interpretations set forth by the authors are written in a most compelling and fascinating manner, providing an absolutely superb opportunity to explore the meaning and consequences of an important political institution." William Mitchell, University of Oregon

The Importance of the Electoral College

Author: George Grant
Publisher: Vision Forum
ISBN: 0975526421
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Religion

In this timely primer on the electoral process, Dr. George Grant makes the case for the brilliance, wisdom, and continuing necessity of the Electoral College. This book is a must for students, lawyers, statesmen, pastor, and citizens of all ages interested in understanding and defending the providential system of elections bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers.

Enlightened Democracy

Author: Tara Ross
Publisher: Colonial PressL P
ISBN: 0977072223
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Political Science

Opponents of the Electoral College are swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote. This book, written in straightforward language, examines the institutions role in selecting Presidents across the centuries and comes to a different conclusion the Electoral College protects our republic and promotes our liberty. (Amazon.com).

Electoral College Reform

Author: Gary Bugh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317145264
Release Date: 2016-04-29
Genre: Law

The United States has not updated the Electoral College system since the Twelfth Amendment was ratified in 1804, despite public opinion polls showing a majority of Americans are in favor of changing or outright abolishing it. So why hasn't the United States reformed this system? Electoral College Reform brings together new essays examining all aspects of this crucial debate, including the reasons for reform, the issues surrounding a constitutional amendment, the effect of the Electoral College on political campaigns and the possibilities for extra-constitutional avenues to change. The authors consider both the Federalists' vision of balanced representation and a more democratic and equality-based ideal. These competing frameworks, perhaps more than any other factor, account for centuries of American indecision on this key issue. By offering an unprecedented and carefully researched analysis of an always controversial subject, this volume explores the potential for changing a system that many contend is long overdue.

The Indispensable Electoral College

Author: Tara Ross
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781621577072
Release Date: 2017-10-30
Genre: Political Science

Is the Electoral College anti-democratic? Some would say yes. After all, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes has nevertheless lost the election at least three times, including 2016. To some Americans, that’s a scandal. They believe the Electoral College is an intolerable flaw in the Constitution, a relic of a bygone era that ought to have been purged long ago. But that would be a terrible mistake, warns Tara Ross in this vigorous defense of “the indispensable Electoral College.” Far from an obstacle to enlightened democracy, the Electoral College is one of the guardrails ensuring the stability of the American Republic. In this lively and instructive primer, Tara Ross explains: Why the Founders established the Electoral College—and why they thought it vital to the Constitution Why the Electoral College was meant to be more important than the popular vote How the Electoral College prevents political crises after tight elections Why the Electoral College doesn’t favor one party over the other Why the states are the driving force behind presidential elections and how efforts to centralize the process have led to divisiveness and discontent Why the Electoral College is inappropriately labeled a “relic of slavery” Every four years, the controversy is renewed: Should we keep the Electoral College? Tara Ross shows you why the answer should be a resounding Yes!

The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College

Author: Carolyn Alder
ISBN: 098282372X
Release Date: 2013-04-01
Genre: Electoral college

Why an Electoral College? What were the purposes and benefits? The delegates gathered in the Constitutional Convention struggled through challenge after challenge as they debated the best ways to establish the greatest framework of freedom ever known to mankind, the Constitution of the United States of America. Arguably their greatest challenge was to devise a methodology to select outstanding statesmen to serve as the Chief Executive. In order to select the very best presidents possible, the Framers intelligently designed a unique system to nominate the very best candidates possible. This was the function of the original Electoral College System. The Electoral College today bears only a superficial resemblance to the intricate system the Framers designed for selecting presidents for the United States. Their original plan as outlined in Article II of the Constitution has been subverted, perverted, obscured, ignored and discarded by the machinations of party politics. Today the Electors meet only to rubber-stamp what everybody already knows-who won the election. The Framers' system is totally unknown today. This book reveals the secrets of that ingenious process-a system that has remained hidden (or rather ignored) for over two centuries. Intelligent design versus evolution usually refers to the creation of man. We relate these same terms to the creation of our U.S. Constitution. Intelligent design requires much thought and consideration; evolution has no such restrictions. In bringing to light the ingenious design of the original Electoral College, this book meticulously examines the words of the Constitution, quotes from the Constitutional Convention, and Alexander Hamilton's defense of the system as expressed in Federalist No. 68. After the Framers intelligently designed the Electoral College System, the forces of evolution started their destructive processes. The rise to power of the political parties and the incompatibility of the party paradigm with the original Constitution, are exposed. This book details the inconsistencies apparent in the quickly designed and hastily ratified 12th Amendment. Samples of current State statutes forbidding the independence of Electors and binding them to the political parties are also shown. Discover, in a concise text, essential principles required to restore American constitutional federalism: Direct vs. indirect elections Representative republic vs. democracy The role of independent electors Electoral votes are nominating votes Principle of constitutional federalism How the unique process was subverted by political parties How the 12th Amendment institutionalized party usurpation The empty shell we have today The new April 2013 edition includes extensive footnotes, index, and endorsements from constitutional professors, lawyers, scholars and patriots. Those who want to restore the principles of freedom and limited government, as established by the Framers, will find this book indispensable.

The Right to Vote

Author: Alexander Keyssar
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 9780465010141
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Genre: History

Originally published in 2000, The Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack Obama. The Right to Vote is a sweeping reinterpretation of American political history as well as a meditation on the meaning of democracy in contemporary American life.

The case against direct election of the President

Author: Judith Best
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105036132855
Release Date: 1975
Genre: Political Science

Presents refutations of arguments in support of direct election of the President and, assembling supportive data on electoral and popular votes, argues for retention of the present electoral system

Presidential Leadership Politics and Policy Making

Author: George Edwards, III
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9780495569343
Release Date: 2009-07-15
Genre: Political Science

From routine operations to the workings of a White House in crisis, this comprehensive, best-selling text examines all aspects of the presidency in rich detail. With a special emphasis on policy, the new edition surveys the most up-to-date scholarship on the topic, and includes an examination of the groundbreaking 2008 presidential election. Best-selling authors George C. Edwards and Stephen J. Wayne use engaging analysis and timely, fascinating examples to view the presidency from two theoretical standpoints the president as facilitator, and the president as director of change. A theoretical (versus chronological) approach combined with the currency and relevance of the material, makes PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: POLITICS AND POLICY MAKING, 8th Edition, the most comprehensive text available today for the presidential studies course. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Picking the President

Author: Eric Burin
ISBN: 0692833447
Release Date: 2017-02

The 2016 presidential election has sparked an unprecedented interest in the Electoral College. In response to Donald Trump winning the presidency despite losing the popular vote, numerous individuals have weighed in with letters-to-the-editor, op-eds, blog posts, videos, and the like, and thanks to the revolution in digital communications, these items have reached an exceptionally wide audience. In short, never before have so many people had so much to say about the Electoral College. To facilitate and expand the conversation, Picking the President: Understanding the Electoral College offers brief essays that examine the Electoral College from different disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, mathematics, political science, history, and pedagogy. Along the way, the essays address a variety of questions about the Electoral College: Why was it created? How has it changed over time? Who benefits from it? Is it just? How will future demographic patterns affect it? Should we alter or abolish the Electoral College, and if so, what should replace it? In exploring these matters, Picking the President enhances our understanding of one of America's most high-profile, momentous issues.

The Electoral College

Author: Josiah Peterson
Publisher: King's College Press
ISBN: 0692896953
Release Date: 2017-08-30

The 2016 election triggered criticism of America's Electoral College. Opponents argue that it is time to do away with the Electoral College system, whose creation, they contend, was an accident of history in the first place. This small volume sets the record straight. In fact, the Electoral College was an ingenious creation of our Founders.The Founders designed the College to fit in with the rest of the federal system and preserve the division of powers, the moderating influence of states, and a republican government that respects the consent of the governed. The Electoral College represents a kind of insurance limiting the influence of demagoguery. As this quick, easy-to-read handbook shows, without the Electoral College, America would see more partisan and national grandstanding, not less.