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Author: Dennis F. Thompson
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Title: Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (July 15, 2004)
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Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States by Dennis F. Thompson



To create a fair electoral system, Thompson argues, we must deliberate together about these principles and take greater control of the procedures that govern our elections.

To create a fair electoral system, Thompson argues, we must deliberate together about these principles and take greater control of the procedures that govern our elections. Dennis Thompson has written an outstanding book that discusses a number of important issues relating to how we conduct elections. But what in the world justifies the lifetime ban that many states have adopted?

Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus. 1737 Cambridge St Cambridge MA 02138 Contact. Citation: Thompson, Dennis F. 2002. Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the . Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Publications By Type.

Dennis Frank Thompson (born 12 May 1940, in Hamilton, Ohio) is a political scientist and professor at Harvard University, where he founded the university-wide Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). Thompson is known for his pioneering work in the fields of both political ethics and democratic theory. Truth versus Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions (2000). Why Deliberative Democracy? (2004). Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business and Healthcare (2004).

Thompson, Dennis F. Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States. Verba, Sidney, Kay Lehman Schlozman, and Henry Brady. American Politics Quarterly 23(4): 409-426. APRIL 9: CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS I Required: 1. Cox, Gary and Jonathan Katz. Why Did the Incumbency Advantage in US.

Thompson's most recent book is JUST ELECTIONS: CREATING A FAIR ELECTORAL PROCESS IN THE UNITED STATES. His other books include: DEMOCRACY AND DISAGREEMENT, (jointly authored with Amy Gutmann), THE DEMOCRATIC CITIZEN: SOCIAL SCIENCE AND DEMOCRATIC THEORY IN THE 20TH CENTURY, JOHN STUART MILL and REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT, ETHICS IN CONGRESS: FROM INDIVIDUAL TO INSTITUTIONAL CORRUPTION, and POLITICAL ETHICS AND PUBLIC OFFICE, which won the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer award for the best political science publication.

Just Elections: Creating a Fair Electoral Process in the United States. July 15, 2004, University Of Chicago Press. Paperback in English. Libraries near you: WorldCat. By Dennis F. Thompson. University of Chicago Press, 2002. To Assure Pride and Confidence in the Electoral Process: Report of the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. By Jimmy Carter et al. Brookings Institution, 2002. Determinants of Democratization in Africa: A Comparative Study of Benin and Togo. By Mathurin C. Houngnikpo. University Press of America, 2001.

In Just Elections, Thompson argues that democratic theory and electoral practice clash. He thinks elections, as presently organised, produce unjust outcomes because they often violate the values of equal respect and free choice. This argument is developed in a book that is elegantly written, subtle and admirably grounded in political theory and empirical knowledge. But from the US experience Thompson finds a good deal of merit in the use of commissions, such as redistricting commissions, to provide forums for deliberation about electoral procedures and their revision. He prefers them to voter initiatives because they give an opportunity for objective discussion and the exercise of popular authority. Register to continue.

The 2000 election showed that the mechanics of voting such as ballot design, can make a critical difference in the accuracy and fairness of our elections. But as Dennis F. Thompson shows, even more fundamental issues must be addressed to insure that our electoral system is just.Thompson argues that three central democratic principles—equal respect, free choice, and popular sovereignty—underlie our electoral institutions, and should inform any assessment of the justice of elections. Although we may all endorse these principles in theory, Thompson shows that in practice we disagree about their meaning and application. He shows how they create conflicts among basic values across a broad spectrum of electoral controversies, from disagreements about term limits and primaries to disputes about recounts and presidential electors.To create a fair electoral system, Thompson argues, we must deliberate together about these principles and take greater control of the procedures that govern our elections. He demonstrates how applying the principles of justice to electoral practices can help us answer questions that our electoral system poses: Should race count in redistricting? Should the media call elections before the polls close? How should we limit the power of money in elections?Accessible and wide ranging, Just Elections masterfully weaves together the philosophical, legal, and political aspects of the electoral process. Anyone who wants to understand the deeper issues at stake in American elections and the consequences that follow them will need to read it.In answering these and other questions, Thompson examines the arguments that citizens and their representatives actually use in political forums, congressional debates and hearings, state legislative proceedings, and meetings of commissions and local councils. In addition, the book draws on a broad range of literature: democratic theory, including writings by Madison, Hamilton, and Tocqueville, and contemporary philosophers, as well as recent studies in political science, and work in election law.