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An example preprint / working paper

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Diagnosing Electoral Integrity

In the first section, the concept of electoral integrity is treated as a component of liberal democracy, as this conceptualization largely determines how integrity is empirically specified and measured, although differing from the human rights …

Darwinian Democracy? How evolutionary theory informs constitutional design

The study of biology and politics (or biopolitics) has gained considerable currency in recent years, as articles on the subject have appeared in mainstream journals and books on the subject have been well received. The literature has increased …

Measuring Legislative Behavior--An Exploration of Digitaldemocracy.org.

The Digital Democracy platform developed at California Polytechnic State University, www.digitaldemocracy.org, is an open government platform that features a searchable database of California state legislative committee hearings and floor sessions, …

Gerrymandering in America--The House of Representatives, The Supreme Court and the Future of Popular Sovereignty,

This book considers the political and constitutional consequences of Vieth v. Jubelirer (2004), where the Supreme Court held that partisan gerrymandering challenges could no longer be adjudicated by the courts. Through a rigorous scientific analysis …

A Discernable and Manageable Standard for Partisan Gerrymandering

The case of Veith v. Jubelirer (2004), challenges us to find a standard for partisan gerrymandering that is judicially discernable and manageable. Without such a standard even the most egregious partisan gerrymanders cannot be effectively challenged. …

An example journal article

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A Discernable and Manageable Standard for Partisan Gerrymandering

The case of Veith v. Jubelirer (2004), challenges us to find a standard for partisan gerrymandering that is judicially discernable and manageable. Without such a standard even the most egregious partisan gerrymanders cannot be effectively challenged. However, we argue that the way to find a suitable standard is not to embark on a quest for a ‘‘new’’ standard. Rather it is to take the existing valid measures that science gives us, and show that these can be grounded in constitutionally protected rights. Using recent results in social choice theory, we show that the existing partisan symmetry standard can be derived from an individual right to equal protection. We also show that the existing technology for measuring partisan symmetry can provide a judicially manageable test for partisan bias.

An example conference paper

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The Calculus of Consensus Democracy-- Rethinking Patterns of Democracy Without Veto Players

We present a theory of comparative political institutions based on the concept of consensus democracy and social choice theory. Unlike Lijphart, we argue that “consensus democracy” is not a special form of democracy characterized by mutual vetoes, …