Gerrymandering - A Threat to the Republic
McDonough, Billy Scott
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This thesis explores the relationship between the concept of gerrymandering and the destruction of social trust. The first chapter discusses the history of gerrymandering in the United States. The second chapter examines the foundations of the current status of the issue by focusing on the foundation of the Political Question Doctrine and its offspring, the Judicially Manageable Standard, as described in Baker v. Carr. The final chapter explores the link between the concept of corruption and gerrymandering. The thesis concludes with discussion of the effects of corruption on social trust. Advisors – Dorothea Wolfson, Ph.D. Collin Paschall, Ph.D.