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Publication Date

1-30-2017

Abstract

This paper addresses a means of checking legislative gerrymandering, which I have called the Independent Electoral Reapportionment Commission (IERC). Its purpose is to prevent self-interested politicians from drawing biased constituency lines. While scholars have researched gerrymandering, few scholars have researched commissions designed to limit such gerrymandering, and no comprehensive work details the global means of accomplishing this goal.

Thus, the purpose of this paper is not to normatively prescribe the best practices for composing and empowering an IERC, but rather to descriptively show how different countries conduct this process. While Part II makes some determinations about which commissions may conceptually function better than others, these conclusions are theoretical and not based on careful scrutiny of how these systems are actually functioning. This paper dissects how current committees function so that knowledge can be used contextually to aid those trying to design a better commission for their own country.