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Assessing the Partisan Effects of Redistricting

Cain, Bruce E. (1983) Assessing the Partisan Effects of Redistricting. Social Science Working Paper, 491. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this paper is to assess the reality behind the politician's perception that redistricting matters. There are, of course, many dimensions to that perception since redistricting has many effects. This paper will focus on the impact that boundary changes have on the partisan composition of seats. In order to do this, it will be necessary to specify what the expected partisan effects of redistricting are and how they can be measure. Thus, the paper first explains how the impact of redistricting will vary with the strategy of particular plans. Following this, there is an exploration of some techniques for measuring the partisan impact of boundary changes, and then a detailed analysis of the most important Congressional redistricting in 1982—the Burton plan in California.

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Additional Information:Prepared for delivery at the 1983 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in Chicago, Illinois, September 1-4. Published as Cain, Bruce E. "Assessing the partisan effects of redistricting." American Political Science Review 79.2 (1985): 320-333.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:Incumbents, Political partisanship, Redistricting, Political parties, Voter registration, Political science, Congressional districts, Political candidates, Demography, Bipartisanship
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:491
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