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Real Choices / New Voices

Real Choices / New Voices
Author: Douglas J. Amy
ISBN 13: 9780231125499
ISBN 10: 231125496
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: 2002-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $34.00

There is a growing realization that many of the problems afflicting American elections can be traced to the electoral system itself, in particular to our winner-take-all approach to electing officials. Douglas Amy demonstrates that switching to proportional representation elections — the voting system used in most other Western democracies, by which officials are elected in large, multimember districts according to the proportion of the vote won by their parties — would enliven democratic political debate, increase voter choice and voter turnout, ensure fair representation for third parties and minorities, eliminate wasted votes and "spoliers," and ultimately produce policies that better reflect the public will. Looking beyond new voting machines and other quick fixes for our electoral predicament, this new edition of Real Choices/New Voices offers a timely and imaginative way out of the frustrations of our current system of choosing leaders.