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In order to increase competition in U.S. House races, states should look to extra-legislative bodies to redraw congressional boundaries

Carson, Jamie L., Crespin, Michael H. and Williamson, Ryan D. (2014) In order to increase competition in U.S. House races, states should look to extra-legislative bodies to redraw congressional boundaries. LSE American Politics and Policy (26 May 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Politicians and pundits alike regularly bemoan the lack of electoral competition in congressional races as incumbent reelection rates frequently soar to over 90 percent. Redistricting and gerrymandering are often blamed as a way to lock members into their seats for at least a decade. Jamie L. Carson, Michael H. Crespin and Ryan D. Williamson ask if there are ways to inject more competition into elections during the mandated redistricting cycles. Based on an analysis of redistricting cycles from 1972 to 2012, they show that commission and court-drawn districts experience marginally more competition than those drawn by state legislatures. These results provide additional support for the argument that one way to increase the competitiveness of congressional elections is to allow extra-legislative bodies to draw congressional district boundaries.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 09:18
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58880

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