Normal view MARC view ISBD view

Rotten boroughs, political thickets, and legislative donnybrooks : [redistricting in Texas] / edited by Gary A. Keith.

Contributor(s): Keith, Gary.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture: no. 37.Publisher: Austin, TX : Univeristy of Texas Press, 2013Edition: First edition.Description: xix 202 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780292745407 (cl. : alk. paper); 0292745400 (cl. : alk. paper); 0292745419 (electronic bk.); 9780292745414 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Apportionment (Election law) -- Texas | Election districts -- Texas | Demography -- Political aspects -- Texas | Texas -- Politics and governmentDDC classification: 328.764/07345
Contents:
Introduction : the prequel : unequal representation ; Entering the thicket : 1965 / Gary A. Keith -- Legislating in the thicket / Craig A. Washington -- Litigating Texas redistricting a democratic lawyer's experience / David R. Richards -- Texas redistricting : a republican lawyer's perspective / J. D. Pauerstein -- The voting rights organizers / José Garza -- Analyzing redistricting outcomes / Seth C. McKee and Mark J. McKenzie -- Conclusion. Redistricting redux : 2011 and beyond ; Epilogue : navigating the brambles of the political thicket / Gary A. Keith.
Tags from this library: No tags from this library for this title. Log in to add tags.
Item type Current location Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book University of Texas At Tyler
Stacks - 3rd Floor
JK4868 .R67 2013 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002075083

Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-189) and index.

Introduction : the prequel : unequal representation ; Entering the thicket : 1965 / Gary A. Keith -- Legislating in the thicket / Craig A. Washington -- Litigating Texas redistricting a democratic lawyer's experience / David R. Richards -- Texas redistricting : a republican lawyer's perspective / J. D. Pauerstein -- The voting rights organizers / José Garza -- Analyzing redistricting outcomes / Seth C. McKee and Mark J. McKenzie -- Conclusion. Redistricting redux : 2011 and beyond ; Epilogue : navigating the brambles of the political thicket / Gary A. Keith.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

CHOICE Review

In the US, national legislators are elected from single-member districts, and state legislators are elected primarily from single-member districts. That means drawing district boundaries is a crucial act, one that recurs every ten years at a minimum. This is a superb case study of redistricting in Texas with implications and insights that apply more broadly. Rich and nuanced, its multiple contributions supply all the positives from different analytic frames without sacrificing coherency and continuity. The work combines and integrates the historical setting, the legal issues, the political maneuvering, the quantitative calculations, and the policy implications in one compact volume. Keith (Univ. of the Incarnate Word) does an excellent job setting the scene in the introduction and first chapter and then drawing the lessons at the end. Blending political reality with analytic rigor, this is an important contribution to redistricting scholarship. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections. E. T. Jones University of Missouri--St. Louis

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Gary A. Keith is Associate Professor of Government and International Affairs at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He has worked in the Texas legislature and for a statewide elected official. His previous books are Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas and Texas Politics and Government.

There are no comments for this item.

Log in to your account to post a comment.