Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior

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"Overall, a first-rate resource, and yes, pleasantly readable. "
—School Library Journal

The Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior covers virtually everything one would want to know about American political campaigns. With more than 450 entries, these two comprehensive volumes present a significant array topics of campaigns, elections, and electoral behavior. The encyclopedia’s diverse content shows that although the subject matter of campaigns, elections, and electoral behavior is inherently related, each topic has a distinct focus.

Key Features

  • Presents topics in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner, intentionally avoiding unnecessary technical language
  • Includes entries written by electoral behavior scholars from around the country
  • Focuses on American campaigns, elections, and electoral behavior but also provides a culturally and politically diverse perspective of American democratic practices and institutions
  • Offers a rich campaign history by looking at many colorful candidates, corrupt yet intriguing political machines, rapidly changing technologies, campaign organizations, and strategies
  • Provides a description and scholarly analysis for all presidential elections, including state and general elections
  • Presents and simplifies complicated election laws that govern federal, state, and local elections
  • Examines various efforts throughout the decades to reform elections, especially from social upheaval and the resulting political realignments
  • Includes extensive electoral research into the development of political opinions, attitudes, and ideologies in American voters

Key Themes

  • Ballot Issue Campaigns
  • Campaigns, Elections and the Law
  • Corruption in American Campaigns and Elections
  • Electoral Behavior of Various Groups
  • Local Campaigns and Elections
  • Media’s Role in American Campaigns and Elections
  • People
  • Political Parties, Interest Groups, and American Campaigns and Elections
  • Political Theory and Democratic Elections in America
  • Polls, Public Opinion, and Campaigns and Elections
  • Presidential Campaigns and Elections
  • Reforming American Campaigns and Elections
  • Running Political Campaigns: Management, Organization, and Strategies
  • Social and Psychological Dynamics of Electoral Behavior
  • State and Congressional Campaigns and Elections: History and State Profiles

The Encyclopedia of U.S. Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior is an especially useful reference, published to coincide with the 2008 presidential election. This informative yet intriguing resource is a welcome addition to any academic or public library.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

This massive work is designed to be informative and "enjoyable reading." The more than 450 entries (events, phrases, people) include each state and each presidential election, but not each candidate or winner. Many entries-"Battleground States," "Catholic Vote," "Farm Vote," "Issue Ownership Theory," "Nonvoters," "Voter Alienation"-are clear explanations of phrases heard in the news. Large issues, such as campaigns, are divided into subsets, e.g., "Campaigns, Local," and "Campaigns, U.S. Representatives." References to the 2008 campaigns are included. Articles vary in their approach; some state entries are political histories, whereas others recount the state's history from its Native American roots to today. Each entry has fine cross-references and a bibliography. Frequent black-and-white photographs mostly depict politicians and issues related to campaigns (such as images of hospital patients in "Healthcare"). For the most part, the Encyclopedia reaches its goals; however, a few sections are weak, including a skimpy "Political Climate" (covering only 2006 and 2008). One glaring error: Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas is a Democrat, not a Republican, as she is described. Historical information on suffrage, the black vote, and each presidential election is excellent. Overall, a first-rate resource, and yes, pleasantly readable.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412954891
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/4/2008
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 4.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Kenneth Warren, Professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University, teaches and conducts research in the area of American politics. President of the Warren Poll for over two decades, he also conducts polls for the media, government, private clients, and politicians.

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