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Justice and the American Metropolis$
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Clarissa Rile Hayward and Todd Swanstrom

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676125

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.001.0001

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Voting and Justice

Voting and Justice

Chapter:
(p.201) 8 Voting and Justice
Source:
Justice and the American Metropolis
Author(s):

Gerald Frug

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816676125.003.0009

This chapter argues that injustice in the twenty-first-century metropolis is mainly the product of our legal and institutional framework. Voting laws enable some citizens to make decisions that greatly affect other citizens, who have no political voice or effect. Determining who is eligible to vote for local elected officials is a key component of the organization of local decision making. Sometimes nonresidents are allowed to vote—but sometimes they are not. If the rules that determine the local electorate were changed, then a very different group of people would be able to influence the decisions that local officials make about matters such as zoning, education, and police behavior. Thus, changing these rules has the potential to alter the relationship between social justice and city police.

Keywords:   voting laws, citizens, decision making, nonresidents, local electorate, local officials, social justice

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