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Can America’s Electoral System Be Fixed?
Tuesday, February 6, 2001

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Robert D. CooterRobert D. Cooter
Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley. Author, The Strategic Constitution
Randy T. SimmonsRandy T. Simmons
Professor of Political Science, Utah State University Co-author, Beyond Politics: Markets, Welfare and the Failure of Bureaucracy
Alexander T. TabarrokAlexander T. Tabarrok
Vice President and Research Director, The Independent Institute. Editor, Entrepreneurial Economics

The “Fiasco in Florida” has intensified calls to reform America’s political system. Is America’s electoral system “broken”? Has it been flawed all along? Should the Electoral College be abolished? Is proportional representation a solution to the paradox of voters having to choose between the “lesser of two evils”? Can “direct democracy” break the influence of special-interest groups? And perhaps most importantly, will any of these changes actually improve our lives and protect our freedoms, especially for those most disadvantaged? Robert Cooter, Randy Simmons, and Alexander Tabarrok will discuss reforming American democracy in the 21st century.

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