Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process / Edition 4

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Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of this classic text is still the most comprehensive and readable text available. Covering all aspects of the electoral process from historical roots to election year 2004, the authors bring life to parties long declared dead and first-hand experience running for office to the sometimes grueling campaign trail.

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The weighty fourth updated edition of a winning, in-depth survey of the electoral process in America shouldn't be missed by any seeking a survey of the electoral process, whether it be the high school or college student or the general-interest lay reader. Chapters in Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process highlight both parties' role in the process, consider organized group influence in the campaign process, analyze the state and local nomination process: in short, everything the political science student needs to understand. Highly recommended.
Robin Kolodny
Parties and Elections in America highlights the great dynamism in the American electoral process. Sandy Maisel and Kara Buckley have produced a text that is both nuanced in its approach and accessible to students of politics. It highlights the parties' role in elections without either disdain or celebration—they tell it like it is. One couldn't ask for a more balanced approach. The book contains excellent treatments of complicated topics such as campaign finance reform, the role of interest groups in elections, the presidential nominating process, and state and local campaigns. Students of political parties, campaigns and elections, Congress, and the Presidency will find plenty to talk about in this volume!
David Price
Sandy Maisel's "Parties and Elections in America" draws on the author's active political involvement, the lessons he has learned as an effective teacher, and his comprehensive knowledge of political science research. The result is a text that is not only authoritative but also engaging, introducing students to the excitement and challenge of politics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742526709
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2004
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.94 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Sandy Maisel is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Government, chair of the Department of Government, and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College. Kara Z. Buckley is a research associate at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 Elections and Political Parties Chapter 2 2 American Political Parties and Party Organization Chapter 3 3 Voting and Other Forms of Political Participation Chapter 4 4 Organized Groups in the Political Process Chapter 5 5 Campaign Finance Chapter 6 6 State and Local Nominations Chapter 7 7 State and Local Elections Chapter 8 8 Presidential Nominations Chapter 9 9 Presidential Elections Chapter 10 10 The Media and the Electoral Process Chapter 11 11 Party in Government Chapter 12 12 The Role of Political Parties at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

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