After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics

After Hope and Change: The 2012 Elections and American Politics

by James W. Ceaser, Andrew E. Busch, John J., Jr. Pitney Jr.
     
 

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As they have every four years since 1992, James W. Ceaser and Andrew E. Busch—joined in 2008 by John J. Pitney Jr.—once again provide the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the national election, including the presidential nomination process and election and congressional elections. As always Ceaser, Busch, and Pitney combine a concise

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As they have every four years since 1992, James W. Ceaser and Andrew E. Busch—joined in 2008 by John J. Pitney Jr.—once again provide the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the national election, including the presidential nomination process and election and congressional elections. As always Ceaser, Busch, and Pitney combine a concise account of the elections as well as its broader context for American politics and institutions..

The 2012 election was the culmination of the most expensive campaign battle in the history of politics. President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney fought a grueling ground-war for the hearts and minds of American voters, but there was far more that went into determining the outcome of this election than two men on stage. Demographic shifts, the skyward rise of social media's political relevance and shocking developments on shores both foreign and domestic ultimately led Barack Obama back to the White House for a second term as President, leaving people around the world anxiously wondering what might lie ahead for America after hope and change.

Previous books in the series
Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics
Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics
The Perfect Tie: The True Story of the 2000 Presidential Election
Losing to Win: The 1996 Elections and American Politics
Upside Down and Inside Out: The 1992 Elections and American Politics

Editorial Reviews

John C. Green
RED OVER BLUE
Red Over Blue is a fair, accurate, and insightful account of the 2004 election and a worthy successor to the authors' previous books on 1996 and 2000. Ceaser and Busch are fast becoming the 'scholars of record' of presidential campaigns."
Michael Barone
Once again James Ceaser, Andrew Busch and John Pitney have given us an elegant and definitive analysis of the presidential election just past. After Hope and Change moves the 2012 presidential election from journalism to history and has much to teach even the hardiest political junkie.

CHOICE
Ceasar (Univ. of Virginia) and Busch and Pitney (both, Claremont McKenna College) offer a well-written, engaging narrative of the 2012 elections. Some readers might take issue with some of the assertions the authors make and perhaps challenge some of their interpretations of events and actions of the campaigns—but is not that what scholarship should do? After Hope and Change is not burdened with political science jargon but drives home the lessons political science teaches about presidential elections, candidates, parties, and politics in general. If an instructor were looking for a work that laid out "the story" of 2012 but did so while placing the events of the campaign in both their historic and academic context, After Hope and Change would be it. Instructors will find that they, or their most politically attuned students, will have plenty of opportunity to discuss how they differ from the points of view the others provide. The presentation of candidate debate performance provides one such opportunity. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.
Claremont Review Of Books
Ceaser, Busch, and Pitney have written the best book about the 2012 election.
Claremont Review of Books
Ceaser, Busch, and Pitney have written the best book about the 2012 election.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442217249
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/16/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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John C. Green
RED OVER BLUE Red Over Blue is a fair, accurate, and insightful account of the 2004 election and a worthy successor to the authors' previous books on 1996 and 2000. Ceaser and Busch are fast becoming the 'scholars of record' of presidential campaigns.

Meet the Author

James W. Ceaser is professor of politics at the University of Virginia. Andrew E. Busch is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. John J. Pitney Jr. is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

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