Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in U.S. Cities

  title={Electoral Rules and Minority Representation in U.S. Cities},
  author={Francesco Trebbi and Philippe Aghion and Alberto F. Alesina},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Economics},
This paper studies the choice of electoral rules and 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 U.S. 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… 

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