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Gerrymandering and Partisan Polarization

Professor James Ingram

Gerrymandering has created safe districts for incumbents and partisans, rendering American politics less competitive. This has meant that the persons elected to represent us are less able to compromise and govern effectively when they reach the public offices for which they strive. In some states, gerrymandering has been used to ensure majority control by a minority party, putting in question the legitimacy of the institutions of our democratic republic. This lecture will examine gerrymandering and address the prospects for reform of this practice.

Instructor: James Ingram earned his doctorate from UC San Diego and has been teaching since 1990. He has taught American Politics and Campaigns and Elections at UCSD and SDSU. His doctoral dissertation focuses on local constitutional reform. As part of his fieldwork, he worked for commissions in Los Angeles and San Diego and examined the redistricting rules of both cities with an eye to improving them.

Coordinator: Ira Nelson

Course Number: OSHR-70146   Credit: 0 units

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