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FIXING ELECTIONS: THE FAILURE OF AMERICA'S WINNER-TAKE-ALL POLITICS

By STEVEN HILL Routledge Press JUNE 2002 ISBN: 0-415-93193-2

http://www.FixingElections.com

Here's what Lani Guinier and William Greider have to say about "FixingElections":

"Fixing Elections is a provocative reminder that we desperately need tore-invigorate our democracy. By cataloguing the elements of the crisis facingour divided polity, from orphaned voters to a far-reaching political depression,Steven Hill shows how crucial it is to explore the unfairness of our electoralsystem's underlying structure rather than simply working to reform the mechanicsof voting." --Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, HarvardUniversity

"Steven Hill is making the case for real reform of America's decayeddemocracy -- changes that will actually give weight to every vote cast and beginthe hard process of convincing Americans of every persuasion that their votesreally can matter." --William Greider, author of "One World, Ready or Not"and "Who Will Tell The People?"

Publisher's Description:

Was the lesson of Florida punch-cards that we need better machines, or thatthere's something deeply wrong with a system where the candidate with fewervotes wins the office? "Fixing Elections" shows why it's not just theElectoral College that's outdated, but our entire 18th-century Winner Take Allpolitical system, including the way we elect our legislatures.

While voter turnout plummets to single digits (even episodes of"Survivor" drew larger audiences than cast votes for either Gore or Bush),analysts have blamed the growing apathy of the American electorate. But asprovocative political critic Steven Hill so eloquently argues, we're not alazier, less civic-minded people than our grandparents. Voting just seemspointless to many citizens because they recognize the truth: their votes reallyDON'T count.

A vote for Nader may have been a wasted vote, but so was a vote for Gore insolidly GOP Texas, or Bush in Democratic New York, where the state's winner wasa foregone conclusion. In legislatures, rigged district lines render impotentthe votes of millions of Americans, Democrat, Republican and independent alike.Democrats in safe GOP legislative districts all across the West and South, andGOP voters in safe urban Democratic districts, have become "orphanedvoters" with nowhere to turn, no less than third party supporterseverywhere. Entire regions of the country are becoming balkanized politicalmonocultures, dominated by one political party or the other as the politicallandscape fragments into the "Red and Blue America" that emerged fromElection 2000.

Steven Hill argues our geographic-based, Winner Take All political system isat the root of many of our worst political problems, including:

* Single-digit voter turnout in elections all across the nation... * ACongress that doesn't look or think like America... * National policydangerously adrift from public opinion... * A president who won with less than apopular majority, and fewer votes than his main opponent... * A growing dividebetween city-dwellers and middle-America... * Bitter national division andregional fragmentation that hasn't been seen since the 1960s... * Politicalconsultants producing McCampaigns of poll-tested blandness... * Campaign tricksand tactics (polling, focus groups, and the 30 second TV spot) sinisterly suitedto Winner Take All's "divide and conquer" incentives... * Underminingof campaign finance reform... * An alarming loss of innovative politicalideas...

These are some of the disturbing trends highlighted by this pathbreaking andchallenging work of political analysis and deconstruction. In the face ofcynicism about the American political system, "Fixing Elections" is arefreshing blueprint to resurrect our founders' democratic vision. It willchange the way you think about American politics.

PRAISE FOR FIXING ELECTIONS:

"Here's the eye-opening news from Steven Hill's new book: our'winner-take-all' electoral system is a mug's game that makes losers of us all.He explains why-convincingly. And he tells us what we can do about it." --HendrikHertzberg, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

"Fixing Elections is a provocative reminder that we desperately need tore-invigorate our democracy. By cataloguing the elements of the crisis facingour divided polity, from orphaned voters to a far-reaching political depression,Steven Hill shows how crucial it is to explore the unfairness of our electoralsystem's underlying structure rather than simply working to reform the mechanicsof voting." --Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, HarvardUniversity

"Steven Hill is making the case for real reform of America's decayeddemocracy -- changes that will actually give weight to every vote cast and beginthe hard process of convincing Americans of every persuasion that their votesreally can matter." --William Greider, author of "One World, Ready or Not"and "Who Will Tell The People"

"In this powerfully argued and engaging book, Steven Hill successfullydemonstrates how our Winner-Take-All electoral system produces highlyundemocratic results. His work should inspire serious and widespread discussionof alternative electoral arrangements that are far more democratic and have longbeen employed in almost all of the other advanced democratic countries."--Robert A. Dahl, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science, YaleUniversity

"Our antiquated electoral rules restrict the range of choices in politics,polarize the nation, and frustrate the growing number of citizens who do notvote at all. In "Fixing Elections," Steven Hill explains why Americandemocracy is broken--and how it can be repaired." --Michael Lind, author of"The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics"

"For the past decade, Steven Hill's analysis, commentary and activism havehelped shape pro-democracy work in the United States. In his first book, 'WhoseVote Counts?', Hill gives us a lively, forceful and provocative work thatpowerfully explores ways to strengthen our democracy." -- Katrina vandenHeuvel, Editor of The Nation

AUTHOR'S PROFILE

Steven Hill is co-founder and Associate Director of the Center for Voting andDemocracy, a nonprofit organization promoting election reform. He frequentlyappears on radio and TV to discuss political issues, and his articles haveappeared in dozens of national newspapers, magazines and the academic press,including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, WallStreet Journal, The Nation, Salon.com, Ms., Houston Chronicle, ChicagoSun-Times, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and manyothers. He is also co-author of the book Whose Vote Counts? with Rob Richie(Beacon Press, 2001). He was the campaign manager of Proposition A in SanFrancisco, the historic campaign in 2002 that resulted in San Franciscans votingto adopt instant runoff voting to elect its local government._퉌 He lives andworks in San Francisco.

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