Foxes, Henhouses, and Commissions
Assessing the Nonpartisan Model in Election Administration, Redistricting, and Campaign Finance
Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
University of California, Irvine School of Law
For many years, especially since the 2000 presidential election controversy, scholars have debated whether nonpartisan actors should replace partisan actors or a bipartisan commission in administering elections, conducting redistricting, and policing the campaign finance system. Some states recently have adopted more nonpartisan models, including California's redistricting commission and Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board, although most states have retained partisan or bipartisan control.
This symposium, sponsored by the UC Irvine School of Law, the UC Irvine Law Review, and the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy will offer empirical, legal, normative, theoretical, and historical perspectives on the use of partisanship in the agencies governing election administration, redistricting, and campaign finance laws. How should the success or failure of such institutions be assessed? Are nonpartisan agencies normatively preferable to partisan and bipartisan agencies in achieving the goals of the political system? What explains why jurisdictions adopt or fail to adopt nonpartisan institutions? The symposium will bring together leading scholars in the field of election law and political science to consider such questions in the weeks leading up to the presidential election of 2012.
Columbia Law School
Karin Mac Donald
UC Davis School of Law
Ohio State University
Moritz College of Law
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Introduction
9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Panel 1: Do Citizen Redistricting Commissions Work?
- Bruce Cain & Karin MacDonald
- Bernard Grofman & Peter Miller
- Nick Stephanopoulos
- Pamela Karlan
- Richard Pildes
- Moderator: Richard Hasen
11:00-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Panel 2: Partisanship and Campaign Finance Administration
- Michael Franz
- Jeff Milyo
- Richard Briffault
- Daniel Lowenstein
- Moderator: Richard Hasen
1 p.m. Break (collect boxed lunches)
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Lunchtime Keynote: Virtue over Party: Electoral Heroism & Why It Matters
- Edward Foley
- Discussant: Heather Gerken
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Panel 3: Is Nonpartisan Election Administration Possible? Desirable?
- Christopher Elmendorf & Douglas Spencer
- Martha Kropf & David Kimball
- Daniel Tokaji
- Samuel Issacharoff
- Justin Levitt
- Moderator: Martin Wattenberg
4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks. Reception follows