Research

Recent Publications

McGann Anthony J., Smith Charles Anthony, Latner Michael, Keena J. Alex (2015) “A discernible and manageable standard for partisan gerrymandering” Election Law Journal Vol 14, pp. 295-311, (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/elj.2015.0312
elj-2015-0312-mcgann_1p

McGann Anthony J., Latner Michael (2013) “The Calculus of Consensus Democracy: rethinking patterns of democracy without veto players” Comparative Political Studies Vol 46, pp. 823-850,http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414012463883

Latner, M. and Kyle Roach, (2011). “Mapping the Consequences of Electoral Reform” in California Journal of Politics and Policy http://escholarship.org/uc/item/9mv9b480#page-1

Latner, M., & McGann, A. (2005). Geographical representation under proportional representation: the cases of Israel and the Netherlands. Electoral Studies, 24(4), 709-734. DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2005.02.007 http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1q34f69c#page-1

Forthcoming/Under Review

Latner, M. “Darwinian Democracy? How evolutionary theory informs constitutional design” I present an explanation of how biological principles are mirrored in principles of constitutional design as a reflection of the dilemmas associated with cooperation at all levels of life. The concept of niche construction (Laland, Odling-Smee, & Feldman, 2000) is considered for its role in the production of cooperative traits and suppression of parasitism. This consideration yields a principle of legibility, examined in the next section, which sustains cooperative strategies, but at the cost of variation in potentially productive strategies (Scott, 1999). The regulation of legibility strategies becomes a central focus of political regimes, and with it, the “explore-exploit” or productivity dilemma (March, 1991) emerges as a second fundamental consideration in constitutional design. I propose that regulation of permissiveness in the variation of niche construction strategies, and requirements of concurrence, or support required for selection of new strategies, are the primary design mechanisms that emerge as responses to the twin dilemmas of parasitism and productivity.

Dekhtyar, A., Foaad Khosmood, Michael S. Latner, Nicole Angelini, Andrew Voorhees
“Measuring Legislative Behavior: An Exploration of Digitaldemocracy.org”
In this research note, we introduce the platform, summarize several measures of
behavioral data, and encourage public feedback on what types of interactive features
might be built into the platform in the near future. Using the 2015-2016 legislative
session as our sample (the first complete legislative session for which data was collected),
we review basic features of the platform before exploring the participation of parties,
party members and citizens. We conclude with a reflection on the potential for this
technology to enhance citizen oversight and accountability in the legislative process.

Book Reviews

“Emotion, Politics and Cooperation” in Politics and the Life Sciences, Fall 2013 Vol. 32, No. 2
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2990/32_2_126