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The Electoral College Primer 2000

The Electoral College Primer 2000

by Lawrence D. Longley, Neal R. Peirce, Neal Peirce
     
 
The president of the United States is elected indirectly by the electoral college--an archaic and quirky system that threatens every four years to overturn popular will, warn Lawrence Longley and Neal Peirce. Their authoritative guide provides essential information about the history and workings of the electoral college system and reveals how it distorts campaigns,

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The president of the United States is elected indirectly by the electoral college--an archaic and quirky system that threatens every four years to overturn popular will, warn Lawrence Longley and Neal Peirce. Their authoritative guide provides essential information about the history and workings of the electoral college system and reveals how it distorts campaigns, poorly represents popular will, and could precipitate a constitutional crisis.

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Library Journal
Part of the Yale "Fastback" series, which is dedicated to publishing topics of current interest as soon as possible, this primer in this election year fits right in with that theme. Longley (government, Lawrence Univ.) and Peirce, a poltical journalist, offer a detailed analysis of the electoral college system. The first chapter begins with a hypothetical account of this year's presidential election. Bob Dole has won the popular election but is short on the necessary 270 electoral votes. Ross Perot is the spoiler, and Bill Clinton is left scrambling for electoral votes. If he's successful, he becomes the fourth man to win the presidency without the popular vote. The authors then discuss how the electoral college has changed with the passage of time and how little it resembles the Founding Fathers' original intent. Including tabular data on all previous presidential elections, this thorough examination of past and potential electoral college pitfalls is recommended for academic collections.Alan Schroeder, Southern California Univ. for Professional Studies, Santa Ana

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300080360
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.47(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.61(d)

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