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- Changing Tracks? The Prospect for California Pension Reform by Kogan, Vladimir and McCubbins, Mathew D
- Medicaid Expansion and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Lessons and Hopes for Implementation of Healthcare Reform by Kieber-Emmons, Autumn/ Bodenheimer, Thomas and Grumbach, Kevin
- California: A Failed State or Too Big to Fail? by Korey, John L
- Give States a Way to Go Bankrupt: It's the Best Option for Avoiding a Massive Federal Bailout by Skeel, David A.
- In Pursuit of Equity in Property Tax Allocation: Discussing the Flawed Implementation of Proposition 13This article first appeared in the Virginia Tax Review in Spring 2011 by Gervais, Michael K. and Rayford, Dontae
Redistricting California: An Evaluation of the Citizens Commission Final Plans
1University of California, San Diego
1Public Policy Institute of California
Citation Information: California Journal of Politics and Policy. Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 1–22, ISSN (Online) 1944-4370, DOI: 10.1515/1944-4370.1197, February 2012
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For the first time in California history, a carefully vetted commission of citizens has overseen the delicate task of redrawing the state�s political boundaries. By analyzing the maps produced by the commission and comparing these plans to the redistricting overseen by the legislature a decade earlier, we show that the new process has produced important improvements in terms of both the criteria voters said they cared about and the representational implications of interest to academics and political observers. In many respects, however, the magnitude of these gains has fallen short of what many political reformers may have hoped for. Perhaps the most important lesson from the 2011 round of redistricting is that a fair process, no matter how nonpartisan and participatory, cannot avoid the reality that any redistricting scheme produces both political winners and losers.