The U.S. Constitution: More Prototype than Model (Steve Bickerstaff - 4:18)

Professor Steve Bickerstaff discusses how the electoral system that has developed within the rubric of the Constitution has not been closely copied by other democracies in the world. Some of the most distinctive features that have developed in American system - the Electoral College, the direct election of all members of the legislature, regular redistricting based on the principle of one person-one vote, broad citizenship rights - have not been widely imitated.

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Interview recorded August 9, 2008 at The University of Texas at Austin. Interview conducted by Dr. James Henson with video production by Daniel Garza assisted by Carrie Wells and Geoff Yano. Audio post-production by Michael Heidenreich with the assistance of Sean Neesley.