Presidential Elections: Strategies and Structures of American Politics / Edition 12

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Brimming with data and examples from the heated 2004 election, and laced with previews of 2008, the twelfth edition of this classic text offers a complete overview of the presidential election process from the earliest straw polls and fundraisers to final voter turnout and exit interviews. The newest edition’s comprehensive coverage includes campaign strategy with overviews of the changes in campaign finance and the growing role of the Internet. Also, the twelfth edition explores the effect of the forward-creeping presidential nomination process and the sequence of electoral events. All of these aspects and the issues themselves are discussed by a wide array of actors in the electoral process: voters, interest groups, political parties, the media, and the candidates themselves. The twelfth edition is a timely update to this essential text on American elections.

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Editorial Reviews

from the Foreword by Charles O. Jones
Readers of this volume will wonder how those who are gone can seem to be so alive in these pages. The answer is the same as for any other classic work. Done right, art outlives the artist, music the composer, and, in my world, teaching the teacher. The great contribution of the gifted is in their legacies.
Steven E. Schier
A political science classic nicely updated for the twenty-first century.
This new edition includes thorough treatment of recent changes in campaign finance, the growing role of the Internet and the ever-earlier start of presidential nomination contests. This volume has no rival in its shrewd analysis and historical understanding of American electoral politics.
<:st>New edition of the standard work first published in 1964. Cited in Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742554146
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/21/2007
  • Edition description: 12th Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson W. Polsby was Heller Professor of Political Science and past Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught American politics for forty years. He was a former editor of the American Political Science Review and the Annual Review of Political Science, a Vice President of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom, and a former Brookings and Guggenheim Fellow. His other books include Consequences of Party Reform (1983), New Federalist Papers (with Alan Brinkley and Kathleen M. Sullivan, 1997), and How Congress Evolves (2004). AARON WILDAVSKY was Class of 1940 Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and founding dean of Berkeley’s Graduate (now Goldman) School of Public Policy. DAVID A. HOPKINS is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Strategic Environment Chapter 2 Voters Chapter 3 Groups Chapter 4 Rules and Resources Part 5 Sequence Chapter 6 The Nomination Process Chapter 7 The Campaign Part 8 Issues Chapter 9 Appraisals Chapter 10 American Parties and Democracy Part 11 Appendix

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