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Bullock (Univ. of Georgia) provides a comprehensive description and analysis of redistricting and the factors that influence the "most political activity in America." He examines the political, legal, and historical aspects and implications of not just the redistricting process, but also the impact of redistricting on the governing environment. In describing the various factors that influence the redistricting process, Bullock gives a clear, concise outline of how several states have drawn their legislative districts at both the state and congressional level. In addition, he presents key US Supreme Court cases that influence the process, especially when it comes to minority representation and the partisan implications. At the end of each chapter on redistricting standards, Bullock gives succinct pros and cons to current questions regarding the process. While using various states to demonstrate key points, Bullock uses the state of Georgia to show the complexity of partisan and legal issues relevant to the redistricting process. With the 2010 census completed and the 2011 redistricting process about to begin, both scholars and laypeople would be well advised to use this work as the starting point for understanding the heated controversy of redistricting. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. J. Michael Bitzer Catawba College
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