The Presidential Election Process / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

The Opposing Viewpoints series does a great job presenting diverse opinions on current topics in order to promote critical thinking skills. Student debaters and paper writers will benefit from the helpful way in which the selections are organized and introduced. The Presidential Election Process, for instance, presents a total of 22 brief articles excerpted from recent books, journals, and online sources, written by journalists, political science professors, and policy makers, and arranged in four chapters--Does the Nomination Process Produce the Best Candidates?; Should Campaign Spending Be Limited?; Do the Media Unfairly Influence Presidential Campaigns?; and Should the Electoral College Be Abolished or Reformed? Within each chapter each article’s stance is made clear by its title: e.g., “The Media Often Distort Candidates’ Positions,” or “Media Coverage of Candidates is Objective.” The book’s introduction provides an overview of the issues, while chapter prefaces explain what each debate is about. Brief paragraphs preface each article, summarizing the author’s argument and posing questions to consider while reading it. A few political cartoons and sidebars (e.g., a list of “Top 15 PACs in 2004 Election”) dot the text. End materials include a list of supplementary articles, questions for further discussion, and an annotated list of organizations to contact. The other volumes follow a similar format, and all are sure to provoke valuable discussions and debates in and out of classrooms. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Just in time for this year's campaign cycle, this collection of essays addresses the American election process. Four chapters feature pro/con articles on the roles of primaries and conventions in the nomination process, campaign financing, media coverage, and the electoral college. Each chapter has four to six selections offering a wide range of opinions on these themes. Articles are up-to-date (2000-2007) and from a wide variety of sources, including The Nation , the Atlantic Monthly , the National Review Online , and others. As in other books in the series, readers are encouraged to read, study, and form opinions based on the wide range of selections presented here. Political cartoons are scattered throughout, and information about the 2007 Presidential Funding Act is included. An excellent resource for students, teachers, and parents.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737738933
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/26/2007
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?     11
Introduction     14
Does the Nomination Process Produce the Best Candidates?
Chapter Preface     20
The Nomination Process Produces Strong Presidential Candidates   Stephen J. Wayne     22
The Current Nomination Process Should Be Replaced   Larry J. Sabato     33
National Conventions Accomplish a Range of Goals for Parties   Jonathan Mott   Shad Satterthwaite     44
National Conventions Have Become Fundraising Tools for Political Parties   Fredreka Schouten     50
Earlier Primaries Improve the Nomination Process   Marie Price     55
Earlier Primaries Give Unfair Advantages to Some States   Cullen Murphy     61
Periodical Bibliography     67
Should Campaign Spending Be Limited?
Chapter Preface     69
Campaign Financing Needs to Be Reformed   Public Agenda     71
The Current Campaign Financing System Effectively Balances Many Interests   Joseph E. Cantor     79
Campaign Financing Takes Advantage of Legal Loopholes   Anthony Corrado     90
Public Financing of Presidential Elections Is a Waste of Taxpayer Money   John Samples     100
Public Election Financing Should BeExpanded   Norman J. Ornstein     113
Limits on Contributions to Candidates Undermine Democracy   Newt Gingrich     118
Periodical Bibliography     123
Do the Media Unfairly Influence Presidential Campaigns?
Chapter Preface     125
The Media Often Unfairly Favor One Candidate over Another   John O'Sullivan     127
Media Coverage of Candidates Is Generally Balanced   Pam Frost Gorder     135
The Media Often Distort Candidates' Positions   Stephen F. Hayes     139
Media Coverage of Candidates Is Objective   Matt Welch     145
Presidential Debates Limit Choice and Exclude Third Parties   Jamin B. Raskin     151
Presidential Debates Are an Important Component of the Election Process   Richard Shenkman     160
Periodical Bibliography     166
Should the Electoral College Be Abolished or Reformed?
Chapter Preface     168
The Electoral College Should Be Abolished   John B. Anderson     170
Plans to Reform the Electoral College Would Harm Small States   George Detweiler     178
The Electoral College Strengthens Federalism   Michael M. Uhlmann     185
The Electoral College Weakens Federalism   Randy Dotinga      192
Periodical Bibliography     197
For Further Discussion     198
Organizations to Contact     200
Bibliography of Books     206
Index     211
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