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For a Better Democracy: Proportional Representation

By The Editors

Tagged Proportional Representation

American democracy is under direct threat today, and that threat must be vanquished. But in the longer term, we also need to think about ways to make democracy in the United States more representative and more responsive—to do a better job of delivering for the people, and to help ensure that threats like the current one are less likely to arise. And though the Electoral College and the Senate are perennial issues, in some sense the problem all starts with single-member, winner-take-all districts, which deny fair representation to constituent groups and heighten polarization.

In partnership with Protect Democracy and the Democracy Fund, Democracy is proud to present this case for proportional representation (PR) as an alternative to our current system. Would it fix everything? No. Would it be hard to do? Probably. But we’re at the point where we need to consider every alternative. PR can give us a better, purer democracy.

What’s the Matter with Massachusetts?

By Grant Tudor Beau Tremitiere

15 MIN READ

Why Big Reform Is Possible

By Didi Kuo

10 MIN READ

PR and Presidentialism: Yes, We Can

By Lee Drutman Scott Mainwaring

13 MIN READ

Finally, Moderate Republicans Will Have a Say

By Daniel Stid

12 MIN READ

PR Can Reduce the Impact of Gerrymandering

By Peter Miller Michael Li

11 MIN READ

Why PR Suits a Racially Diverse Nation

By Guy-Uriel E. Charles Luis E. Fuentes-Rohwer

12 MIN READ

Giving Minor Parties a Chance

By Seth Masket

12 MIN READ

How PR Can Decrease Polarization

By Jennifer McCoy

11 MIN READ

Avoiding the PR Mistakes of the Past

By Jack Santucci

13 MIN READ

More Parties, More Problems? Why PR Might Not Work

By Ruth Bloch Rubin Gregory Elinson

12 MIN READ

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The Editors of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas are Michael Tomasky (Editor), Jack Meserve (Managing Editor), and Delphine d'Amora (Associate Editor).

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