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Electing the SenateIndirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment$
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Wendy J. Schiller and Charles Stewart III

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163161

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163161.001.0001

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Myth and Reality of the Seventeenth Amendment

Myth and Reality of the Seventeenth Amendment

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(p.199) Chapter 7 Myth and Reality of the Seventeenth Amendment
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Electing the Senate
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Wendy J. Schiller

Charles Stewart III

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163161.003.0007

This chapter summarizes the book's findings and reflects more broadly on the quality and context of Senate representation under two different electoral systems. In doing so, it addresses several key questions about institutional representation in the U.S. democracy. Are U.S. senators more responsive today to the needs and opinions of their constituents than under indirect elections? Did state legislators actually serve as good trustees in choosing their U.S. senators on behalf of their states' voters? Finally, if the Tea Party and other advocates for the repeal of the Seventeenth Amendment get their wish, will the U.S. Senate be a fundamentally different institution?

Keywords:   senators, U.S. Senate, Senate representation, electoral systems, institutional representation, direct elections, indirect elections, Seventeenth Amendment

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