Rethinking US Election Law

Unskewing the System

Rethinking Law series

Steven Mulroy, Bredesen Professor of Law, University of Memphis, School of Law, US

Recent U.S. elections have defied nationwide majority preference at the White House, Senate, and House levels. This work of interdisciplinary scholarship explains how “winner-take-all” and single-member district elections make this happen, and what can be done to repair the system. Proposed reforms include the National Popular Vote interstate compact (presidential elections); eliminating the Senate filibuster; and proportional representation using Ranked Choice Voting for House, state, and local elections.

‘Rethinking US Election Law is a timely, well-written argument in favour of electoral reform in the United States. It advances achievable solutions that could go a long way towards solving the country’s current democratic breakdown, and is an excellent read for anyone interested in “unskewing the system”.’
– Erica Frazier, LSE Review

‘Steven Mulroy’s Rethinking US Election Law is a concise and refreshing book on US election law. The book takes the reader on a tour through the various and profound shortcomings of the country’s reliance on single-member districts (SMDs) and demonstrates that, so long as these SMDs remain the principal building block of US elections, little can be done to resolve the many ailments that afflict the process. It is a powerful, thoughtfully-reasoned and clearly-written argument in favor of electoral reform.. . . Mulroy offers a compelling argument for electoral reform that should be required reading for the next redistricting cycle or for any undergraduate class on voting rights and redistricting. Even the most skeptical critic would have difficulty refuting his analysis.’
– American Political Science Association

‘Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, Rethinking US Election Law is a seminal work of outstanding scholarship that is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking. . . (it) is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community, academic, governmental Contemporary Political Science collections and supplemental studies reading lists for students, academia, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.’
– John Taylor, Midwest Book Review

‘Mulroy unpacks the electoral systems of the United States, laying bare their shortcomings and proposing some imminently sensible reforms to bring our elections back in line with those basic democratic assumptions. . . Mulroy’s depth of analysis, carefully thought-out conclusions and overall presentation deserve significant credit.’
– FairVote

‘Professor Mulroy has written a bold prescription for a constructive path forward on the Electoral College, the Senate, and our winner-take-all consequences. His work is must-reading for those working to improve, perhaps save, our democracy.’
– Don Beyer, US Representative, Virginia's 8th Congressional District

‘From the Electoral College to the Senate to partisan gerrymandering of the House and state legislatures, the U.S. election system skews to favor the interests of some over the interests of a majority of Americans. Steven Mulroy makes the case for unskewing and democratizing American politics, and he offers a path to get it done. A clear argument in favor of radical reform of American politics.’
– Richard L. Hasen, University of California, Irvine, US and author of The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

2018 200 pp Hardback 978 1 78811 750 0 £103.50 £75.00 $103.50 $115.00
2020 200 pp Paperback 978 1 83910 669 9 £31.96 £24.95 $31.96 $39.95

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