I’ve posted a fair amount here about Utah’s redistricting process, including some stuff showing that maybe it has less effect on Utah’s election results than some claim (see here and here and here and here and here).
Today at The Monkey Cage, John Sides gives a great rundown of what political scientists mean when they push back against claims that redistricting caused the 2012 election results. He’s writing from a national perspective, not a Utah perspective. Still, check it out. His point about “counterfactuals” sums up many of the redistricting posts I’ve published here.
If you’re not already familiar with it, The Monkey Cage is written by political scientists with a focus on national politics. The goal is to show what political science research has to say about current political topics. It’s well worth reading.