Why the Electoral College is bad for America

George C. Edwards

Book - 2024

"The electoral college is the extraordinarily complex mechanism by which Americans choose their president. Is there any justification for such a system, which may elect the candidate who does not receive the most votes? Today, with two of the last five presidential elections having gone to the popular vote loser and the debacle following the 2020 election, the electoral college's flaws are more apparent than ever. In this fourth edition of the definitive book on the electoral college, George Edwards employs rigorous analysis and systemic data to show how the system violates core democratic principles and does not provide the benefits its advocates claim. With a new chapter focusing on the 2020 election, Edwards addresses justifica...tions for the electoral college that were popular among Trump supporters following the 2016 and 2020 elections. Edwards concludes by offering a straightforward approach to selecting the president that maximizes political equality." --

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2nd Floor New Shelf 324.63/Edwards (NEW SHELF) Due Aug 7, 2024
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press 2024.
Main Author
George C. Edwards (author)
Fourth edition
Item Description
Print on demand edition.
Previous edition: New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.
Physical Description
xii, 266 pages : map ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-253) and index.
  • Raising questions
  • How the Electoral College works
  • The Electoral College and political equality
  • Contingent elections
  • The origins of the Electoral College
  • Protecting interests
  • Maintaining cohesion
  • Preserving the party system
  • Conclusion