Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Overrepresentation in the Senate

The power of smaller states has continued to grow in the past few decades. The Great Compromise of 1787 gave states equal representation in one house, the Senate, and proportional representation in the House of Representatives. In the last few decades; however, this senate disparity among small and large states has increased and the 21 smallest states in the United States have the population equal to California, but 42 Senators instead of California’s two. This is contrary to the long-standing democratic principle of “one man, one vote,” and in time can prove to be even more problematic.

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