Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College

Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College

by Tara Ross


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Opponents of the Electoral College are swift to dismiss the institution as outdated and elitist, an anachronism that should be replaced by a direct popular vote. This book, written in straightforward language, examines the institution's role in selecting Presidents across the centuries and comes to a different conclusion: the Electoral College protects our republic and promotes our liberty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977072224
Publisher: Colonial Press L.P.
Publication date: 09/03/2012
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 515,678
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Tara Ross is a lawyer and a regular columnist for the American Enterprise Online. Her work has been published in several law reviews and newspapers, including The Washington Times, USA Today, the National Law Journal, and The Notre Dame Journal of Legislation. She obtained her B.A. from Rice University and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. During her time at the University of Texas, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mr. George F. Will ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Origins of the Electoral College

Chapter 1 An American Balancing Act 15

Chapter 2 The Great Compromise 27

Chapter 3 The Constitution's Election Process 41

Part 2 An 18th-Century Solution for the 21st Century

Chapter 4 A Rapidly Changing Society 55

Chapter 5 The Benefits of Federalism 67

Chapter 6 Moderation and Compromise 81

Chapter 7 Stability and Certainty in Elections 97

Part 3 Refuting Remaining Criticisms

Chapter 8 The Faithless Elector Problem 109

Chapter 9 The Contingent Election 121

Chapter 10 Concerns About Legitimacy 133

Chapter 11 Alternative Proposals 141

Part 4 The National Popular Vote Plan

Chapter 12 NPV's Attack on the Electoral College 151

Chapter 13 Logistical Problems with NPV 157

Chapter 14 Legal Problems with NPV 169

Part 5 The Electoral College in Action

Chapter 15 Successful Results Over the Years 187

Chapter 16 Harrison & Bush: Narrow Victories 197

Chapter 17 Roosevelt & Reagan: Landslide Victories 211

Conclusion 221

Appendix A Selected Constitutional Provisions 225

Appendix B Election Results: 1789-2008 229

Notes 235

Index 277

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