David Mayhew Wins the 2011 Leon D. Epstein Award

Congratulations to David R. Mayhew, author of Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitutional System, which recently won the 2011 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award presented by the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association.

According to the APSA website, the award “honors a book published in the last two calendar years that makes an outstanding contribution to research and scholarship on political organizations and parties.”

In Partisan Balance, Mayhew examines the unique electoral foundations of the presidency, Senate, and House of Representatives in order to provide a fresh understanding for the government’s success and longstanding vitality. Arguing that the system has developed a self-correcting impulse that leads each branch to pull back when it deviates too much from other branches, Mayhew contends that majoritarianism largely characterizes the American system. The wishes of the majority tend to nudge institutions back toward the median voter, as in the instances of legislative districting, House procedural reforms, and term limits for presidents and legislators.

David R. Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His books include Congress: The Electoral Connection, Divided We Govern, and Electoral Realignments.

Again, a warm congratulations to David Mayhew!

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