Seth McKee: Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State

Jigsaw Puzzle Politics

Seth McKee published an edited volume, Jigsaw Puzzle Politics in the Sunshine State.

From the publisher’s site: Redrawing district lines is arguably the most polarizing of political activities in the United States today. As technological developments permit more and more sophisticated statistical analyses, those in charge of the process are more tempted to gerrymander districts for their own future benefit. At the same time, as this data is made available to the public, litigation and calls for transparency intensify.

As a bellwether state, Florida offers a unique and fascinating case study to assess the various effects of redistricting. The contributors to this volume examine the issue from the perspectives of both politicians and voters, exploring the process of redistricting in the wake of major reforms. They examine new and ongoing controversies by focusing on the massive 2012 boundary changes throughout the state–and the judicial review that continued to call into question their legality on the eve of the 2014 elections.