State Legislative Redistricting in 2003–2004: Emerging Trends and Issues in Reapportionment

Whereas the redistricting round of the 1990s can be described as the round of racial and ethnic predominance, the 2000 round showed a growing emergence of partisanship as the predominant pattern of conflict. The experience of state legislatures in the latest round should provide an overall pattern for state legislative redistricting agencies to weather the terrain and successfully create plans in the future. The future political and legal terrain will continue to be complex and multifaceted.

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About the Author
Ronald E. Weber is the Wilder Crane Professor of Government at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has edited or written several books and has published numerous scholarly articles. He is also president of Campaign and Opinion Research Analysts Inc., a governmental and political consulting firm.