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By Zoltan L. Hajnal

even though there's a frequent trust that asymmetric voter turnout ends up in biased results in American democracy, current empirical exams have chanced on few results. through supplying a scientific account of the way and the place turnout issues in neighborhood politics, this e-book demanding situations a lot of what we all know approximately turnout in the USA this day. It demonstrates that low and asymmetric turnout, an element at play in such a lot American towns, results in sub-optimal results for racial and ethnic minorities. Low turnout ends up in losses in mayoral elections, much less equitable racial and ethnic illustration on urban councils, and skewed spending guidelines. the significance of turnout confirms lengthy held suspicions in regards to the under-representation of minorities and increases normative matters approximately neighborhood democracy. thankfully, this ebook bargains an answer. research of neighborhood participation shows small switch to neighborhood election timing - a reform that's affordable and comparatively effortless to enact - may well dramatically extend neighborhood voter turnout.

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