Born to Run: Origins of the Political Career / Edition 1

Born to Run: Origins of the Political Career / Edition 1

by Ronald Keith Gaddie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742519287

ISBN-13: 9780742519282

Pub. Date: 11/19/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

What makes young aspiring politicians take the leap and enter the electoral arena? Born to Run tells the stories of nine young politicians from all walks of life who enter races at the state and local levels in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska, and Maine. Across the board, Gaddie finds a great range of motivations, strategies, and success rates among his

Overview

What makes young aspiring politicians take the leap and enter the electoral arena? Born to Run tells the stories of nine young politicians from all walks of life who enter races at the state and local levels in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Georgia, Nebraska, and Maine. Across the board, Gaddie finds a great range of motivations, strategies, and success rates among his carefully selected group. He doesn't rely strictly on interviews (although they provide lots of colorful detail), but hit the campaign trail along with his subjects to observe firsthand the pressures and challenges with which a new candidate is faced. Five years of fieldwork are amplified by survey data on candidates, legislators, and activists that bear out in greater numbers what Gaddie discovered on the ground. Working in the tradition of Richard Fenno's esteemed Home Style, Born to Run contributes to developing a more comprehensive model of political ambition that accounts for the origins of aspiration and the uncertainties that accompany every political career, but especially the early ones. Born to Run is irresistible for students of the same age as some of the candidates, invaluable to anyone who has studied campaigns and elections from the top down, and intriguing to anyone who wants insight into some potential rising stars within both the Democratic and Republican parties.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742519282
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/19/2003
Series:
Campaigning American Style Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword by David L. Boren Chapter 2 I Political Ambitions, Political Careers Chapter 3 II Lifecycles and Ambitions Chapter 4 III A Campaign (and a Precampaign) Chapter 5 IV The Life and Times of Joe from Minocqua Chapter 6 V Learning to Legislate Chapter 7 VI Match and Rematch Chapter 8 VII Legacy Chapter 9 VIII Dirigo Chapter 10 IX The Man in the Middle Chapter 11 X The Man with the Plan Chapter 12 XI Ambition's Edge Part 13 Appendix: A Note on the Research Technique

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