American Elections: The Rules Matter / Edition 1

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A fascinating and necessary read for anyone wishing to better understand Election 2000, this unique new book by two renowned authors gives readers the tools they need to examine our election system as it exists today. Examines elections in the context of the new institutionalism, arguing that an understanding of American elections requires more than knowledge of voting behavior. The importance of federalism in understanding the electoral systems is emphasized throughout. In order to gain a true understanding of U.S. elections, the effects of new institutionalism and federalism must be taken into account. For those interested in American government, voting and elections in the U.S.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321086846
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Defining the Electorate.

Expanding the Franchise.

Property and the Vote.

Race and the Vote.

Women and the Vote.

A Uniform Voting Age.


Remaining Differences.

Apportionment and Districting.

Apportioning Seats.


Designing Districts.

At-large Elections: The Local Alternative.

2. Getting on the Ballot.

The Nomination.

A Brief History.

The View from the Top: Reforming the Nomination System.

The Primaries.

The Caucus.

The Convention.

Term Limits.

Applying the Rules to Minor Parties and Independent Candidates.

3. The Money Constituency.

Campaign Contributions at the Federal Level.

The Federal Election Act.

Public Funding in Presidential Elections.

Soft Money: the Big Loophole.

Campaign Contributions at the State level.

Campaign Contributions at the Local Level.

4. Campaigning to Election Day.

The Election Calendar.

Reporting and Spending the Money.

Reporting Requirements.

Spending Limits.

Campaigns and the Media.

5. Casting and Counting the Ballots.

Casting the Ballot.

The Australian Ballot.

Ballot position.

Opening and Closing the Polls.

Ballot Medium.

Election Night and Beyond.

Counting the Votes.

Recounting the Votes.

6. A Special Case Study: Campaigning and the Electoral College.

Introduction: Electoral College in American History.

The Selection of Electors.

The Election.

Who Benefits? Who Loses?

Campaigning Under the Electoral College.

Reform of the Electoral College.


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