The Random Assignments of Legislators to Constituencies

Scott Wentland (Longwood University) and I are working on a paper in which we explore the idea of randomly assigning legislators to districts when they come up for reelection. The working paper has received some attention at the Washington Post‘s blog: Would Congress work better if legislators were randomly assigned?

Kudos to Scott for his well-thought-out words to the press. We hope to have a revised version ready before the year is out. When it’s done, we’ll let you know.

2 Responses

  1. How does your proposal differ from Andrew Rehfeld’s?


  2. Andrew’s proposal considers the idea of allocating voters to randomly-selected districts, on a one-time basis. Scott and I are considering a proposal to reassign legislators to new legislative districts at each election period. We will of course discuss the contrast between Andrew’s proposal and our own. (This is still very much work in progress.)


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