Power and Political Geography

Very useful 11 minute segment last night on the Rachel Maddow Show on the question of the alleged gerrymandering of Congressional Districts in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia. Useful teaching resource and illustration of the power of political geography. It helps explain why the US had an election but political geography kept things the same. Interestingly if the US was to move away from a state-based awarding of electoral college votes for President to a Congressional District one (currently only used in Maine and Nebraska), then Romney would have won the presidency. These are yet more arguments for abolishing the electoral college, allowing a popular vote for president, and reforming election law in the United States. But its not a matter of arguments….



About Dr Gerard Toal

Irish born academic living in Washington DC researching geopolitical competition and territorial conflicts in post-Communist Europe. Author of CRITICAL GEOPOLITICS (1996), BOSNIA REMADE (w C Dahlman) and NEAR ABROAD: PUTIN, THE WEST AND THE CONTEST OVER UKRAINE AND THE CAUCASUS (Oxford University Press, 2017).
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