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Redistricting and the Politics of Reform Paperback – December 1, 2010

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Donald Scarinci is a founder and managing partner of the law firm of Scarinci and Hollenbeck in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. He served as a Democratic counsel to the New Jersey Congressional and Legislative Redistricting Commissions in 2001. Mark J. Magyar served as a Statehouse reporter, state government official, public policy institute director, and policy director for an independent gubernatorial campaign in 2009. He teaches labor studies at Rutgers University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Books; First edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983161208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983161202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,270,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Scarinci was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1956. His book, "David Brearley and the Making of the United States Constitution" received academic acclaim when it was published in 2005 as the first and only biography of this important behind the scenes player at the constitutional convention of 1787. His second book, "Redistricting & the Politics of Reform," published in 2010 has been used as a primer on redistricting in at least 15 states where this decennial process is performed by appointed commissions.

Donald's writing blends his academic training from New York University's Graduate School of Arts where he received an MA in English Language and Literature with his legal training and experience. Donald practices law in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington DC and is the founder of one of the largest law firms in New Jersey. His practice includes government law, business law, entertainment law, & health care.

In addition to his work as a writer and a lawyer, Donald is a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States to review and recommend coin and medal designs. He is an acknowledged authority and frequent speaker on the subject of medalic sculpture and art. His most recent book, "Coin of the Year," presents the winners of the most important annual award for world coin designs. Donald serves as a member of the nominating committee for that award.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AKGroupie on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book makes sense of a process that is otherwise not easy to understand. Once every ten years each state draws new maps of congressional and state legislative districts based on the population shifts in the new census data. I am reading a lot of news articles about the new maps right now, but there is very little explanation about why we do this. I have found this book to be the best explanation available of this process known as redistricting. I bought it because I wanted to know more about a topic that is dominating the news, but what surprised me is how readable and enjoyable the book was from the very first chapter. It reads more like something I would buy for entertainment than for information to supplement what I am reading in the newspaper. I am so glad that I bought it and I am recommending it to everyone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Legal Analyst on January 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Politics will always be an inseparable part of redistricting. But that doesn't mean the process can't be equitable. In fact, it must be. Unfortunately, redistricting is inherently political and politics is never totally removed from the process. This is the case Donald Scarinci convincingly presents in Redistricting And The Politics Of Reform. Highlighting reform commission models in Iowa, Montana, Connecticut, and New Jersey, Scarinci demonstrates how these commissions do a much fairer job with redistricting than state legislatures. Redistricting and the Politics of Reform
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel L. Napear on January 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the recipe book for over a dozen states that reapportion their congressional and state legislative maps using independent commissions. This helpful summary of the redistricting process puts the role of the members of these commissions in context. It is no wonder why I have seen this book at so many redistricting commission meetings around the country this cycle. It is essential background for commissioners and their staffs. Reporters who are new to redistricting have found it helpful as well.
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