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The Electoral College and Conflict in American History and Politics

Philip R. Schmidt
Sociological Practice
Vol. 4, No. 3, Special Issue: Conflict (September 2002), pp. 195-208
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43735851
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Abstract

The historical relationship between the electoral college and controversial U.S. presidential elections, specifically with respect to conflict, is examined. The elections of 1800, 1824, 1860, 1876, 1888, 1968, and 2000 are examined. Aside from the 2000 election, there has been essentially no conflict in American history due to the electoral college. The constitutional structure and thinking behind the form of the electoral college is given, with emphasis on the federal aspects of the structure. The current movement to abolish the electoral college in favor of direct popular vote is depicted, along with the arguments against making that change. The conclusion is that we as a nation are far better off to retain the status quo than to make the called-for change.

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