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Representation and the Electoral College

Robert M. Alexander


This book evaluates the Electoral College as it relates to relevant theories of representation. The purpose of the study is to help readers understand the ways in which the institution does or does not align with expectations relating to representative democracy. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, heated calls to abolish the Electoral College were made in large part because the winning candidate received nearly 3 million fewer votes from across the country than his opponent. At the same time, many lauded the institution for working as intended—particularly as it relates to federalism. The ... More

Keywords: electoral college, 2016 election, representation, presidential elections, presidential electors, Hamilton electors, national popular vote plan, faithless electors, swing states, battleground states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert M. Alexander, author
Professor of Political Science, Northern Ohio University