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From the Publisher"Matthew Streb is one of the leading scholars on electoral politics, and his updated and revised edition of Rethinking American Electoral Democracy is excellent. Streb takes on many of the components of our democratic system and convincingly argues that they are not always for the best. Most of all, the book directly engages readers on many important and contemporary topics and will no doubt cause readers to think in ways they haven't considered about American democracy. In this revised edition, Streb once again make a big splash that will get people talking and debating democracy in America."
—Matt A. Barreto, University of Washington
"Matthew Streb offers an accessible and thought-provoking volume that challenges the reader to think beyond the parameters of what is presented through most media outlets. Streb reminds us that what we know (or think we know) about voting behavior is necessarily contextualized by the institutional elements within which such decision making exists. He drills down to the very core of democratic theory with relevant examples and helpful anecdotes to demonstrate the importance (and urgency) of understanding elections in a more sophisticated way."
—Stephen M. Caliendo, North Central College
"Rethinking American Electoral Democracy is a terrific book. It offers a remarkably thorough assessment of the structural challenges facing the U.S. electoral system. Streb’s questions are provocative and his answers can be surprising. The analysis is scholarly, but undergraduate students will appreciate the writing style along with the author’s amusing personal stories about the problems he analyzes."
—David Jones, James Madison University
"In this era of intensified partisanship, voter anger, and grass roots activism such as the so-called Tea Party movement, students need an intelligent primer on the challenges of maintaining the world’s most stable democracy. As this clearly written and engaging volume demonstrates, not all is well with the American democratic system. Streb provides the fundamentals that students need to know, but he also offers challenges to some of their widely held beliefs about our system and ideas on how to improve it."
—Mark Rozell, George Mason University