The Geography of Racial Stereotyping: Evidence and Implications for VRA Preclearance After Shelby County

Christopher S. Elmendorf & Douglas M. Spencer The Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder (2013) effectively enjoined the preclearance regime of the Voting Rights Act. The Court deemed the coverage formula, which determines the jurisdictions subject to preclearance, insufficiently grounded in current conditions. This Article proposes a new, legally defensible approach to coverage based […]

Why Party Democrats Need Popular Democracy and Popular Democrats Need Parties

Too often, popular political power-whether it is in the form of direct democracy or other more innovative forays in participatory or deliberative democracy-presents itself principally as a counterweight to the political power parties wield. Yet setting up “popular democracy” and “party democracy” in opposition to one another in the American political landscape is not only […]