(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

“The electors shall meet in their respective states” : bias and the US Presidential Electoral College, 1960–2012

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

PATTIE C. (1) ; JOHNSTON R. (2) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, ROYAUME-UNI
(2) Dept. of Geography, Univ., Sheffield, ROYAUME-UNI


This article examines bias and the US Presidential Electoral College, 1960–2012. First, it explains that in common with other plurality-based electoral systems, the College tends to exaggerate the apparent mandate received by the winner of the popular vote but, on occasion, can deliver victory to the second-placed candidate. Second, it analyses the evidence for such a bias and demonstrates that neither major party is a consistent beneficiary; the prime source of bias is to be found in the relative effectiveness of parties' own vote-winning strategies


Article of periodic

published at : Political geography / ISSN 0962-6298

Editor : Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford - ROYAUME-UNI (1992)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 40 [pp. 35-45]



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.02.006

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