The State of American Politics / Edition 1

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Overview

Election 2000: Aberration or paradigm? The essays in this innovative volume, combining scholarly and journalistic views, seek to place the extraordinary events of the 2000 presidential election into context with the trends of electoral politics before and after. Originally presented as a series of public lectures at Oxford University, this volume benefits from an international perspective, a stellar lineup of contributors, and a remarkably cohesive analysis that lays the election results (and thus, the current state of American politics) at the feet of a persistent American cultural divide.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
This excellent, compact book contains eight articles by political scientists and journalists. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.
Political Studies Review
The central strength of this admirable edited collection is its vivid but concise depiction of the main features of recent American politics, captured through a focus on the 2000 elections...an impressively lucid and clear analysis.
Robert Shogan
More than any recent presidential election, the 2000 contest defied conventional wisdom and demanded explanation. Byron Shafer has filled that bill in characteristically lucid style. More than that, by the trenchant commentaries he has collected in The State of American Politics, Professor Shafer has managed to convert that cockamamie election we all endured into a tool for making sense of our whole disordered political process.
Robert Shogun
More than any recent presidential election, the 2000 contest defied conventional wisdom and demanded explanation. Byron Shafer has filled that bill in characteristically lucid style. More than that, by the trenchant commentaries he has collected in The State of American Politics, Professor Shafer has managed to convert that cockamamie election we all endured into a tool for making sense of our whole disordered political process.
Booknews
This collection of eight essays, based on a series of public lectures presented at Oxford U. in early 2001, examines events of the 2000 presidential election as a reflection of American government and politics in general. Ten contributing scholars and journalists, from the U.S. and Canada, consider the interaction between contemporary American society and politics, elite strategists and their attempts to gain the support of government and the mass public, and the influence of the three major institutions<-->the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court<-->on national government. Shafer teaches political science at the U. of Wisconsin, Madison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
This excellent, compact book contains eight articles by political scientists and journalists. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.
Political Studies Reviews
The central strength of this admirable edited collection is its vivid but concise depiction of the main features of recent American politics, captured through a focus on the 2000 elections...an impressively lucid and clear analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742517646
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Byron E. Shafer is the Glenn B. and Cleone Orr Hawkins Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Politics and Society Chapter 2 The Bush Nation and the Gore Nation Chapter 3 The Search for a New Center Part 4 Elite Strategies and Mass Publics Chapter 5 The Invisible Primary and the Hidden Campaign Chapter 6 Dynamics of the 2000 Campaign Part 7 Governmental Institutions Chapter 8 The Presidential Transition into a Fifty-Fifty Government, and Beyond Chapter 9 The U. S. Congress in 2001: Representation and Process Chapter 10 Judicial Activism, 1950 to 2000 Part 11 Afterword Chapter 12 How Divided is America?
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