Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in U.S. Cities


Alesina, Alberto, Philippe Aghion, and Francesco Trebbi. 2008. “Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in U.S. Cities.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 128: 325-358.
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This paper studies the choice of electoral rules, in particular the question of minority representation. Majorities tend to disenfranchise minorities through strategic manipulation of electoral rules. With the aim of explaining changes in electoral rules adopted by US cities, particularly in the South, we show why majorities tend to adopt “winner-take-all” city-wide rules (at-large elections) in response to an increase in the size of the minority when the minority they are facing is relatively small. In this case, for the majority it is more e

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