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Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West

Edited by Gary F. Moncrief

In Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West, Gary F. Moncrief brings together some of the best-known scholars in American state and electoral politics to explore the unique processes and problems of redistricting in the western United States. These political scientists examine the specific challenges facing western states in ensuring fair and balanced political representation. Western states tend to be geographically large and experiencing rapid population growth and the chapters in this enlightening volume discuss the changing demographics in western states, paying special attention to the rise in the Latino population and the effect this has had on reapportionment and redistricting. They describe the ways in which some of these states achieve redistricting through independent redistricting commissions—a process rarely found in other regions—and they provide policy prescriptions for the future. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 294Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-6761-8 • Hardback • December 2011 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-0-7391-6762-5 • eBook • December 2011 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
Gary F. Moncrief is professor of political Science at Boise State University.

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. An Overview of Redistricting by Tim Storey

Chapter 2. Redistricting and the West: The Legal Context by Justin Levitt

Chapter 3. Reapportionment and Redistricting in the West by Matthew May and Gary Moncrief

Chapter 4. Reapportionment, Redistricting and Representation in Congress by Jennifer Steen

Chapter 5. Redistricting and Latino Representation in the West by Jason Casellas

Chapter 6. Direct Democracy and Redistricting by Todd Donovan

Chapter 7. Does it Matter if Legislatures or Commissions Draw the Lines? by Jonathan Winburn

Chapter 8. What the West Can Learn from Iowa by Peverill Squire

Chapter 9. The Public Mapping Project by Micah Altman and Michael P. McDonald

Chapter 10. Redistricting in Arizona byBarbara Norrander and Jay Wendland

Chapter 11. Controversies in Electoral Redistricting in Oregon by Priscilla Southwell

Chapter 12. Great Expectations and the California Citizens Redistricting Commission by Vladimir Kogan and Thad Kousser


This volume draws upon the talents of a well qualified group of scholars to highlight what is unique about the political struggle over redistricting in Western States. It is an important addition to the literature.
David R. Berman, Arizona State University

The all-star cast that Gary Moncrief has assembled provides timely and insightful coverage of the issues associated with redistricting. This volume deftly combines materials on the general subject of redistricting along with illustrative state case studies. While the emphasis is on the West, readers from all regions will find this work a valuable addition to the study of the decennial adjustment of political power.
Charles S. Bullock III, University of Georgia