Politics By Other Means: The Declining Importance Of Elections In America

Politics By Other Means: The Declining Importance Of Elections In America

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Politics By Other Means: The Declining Importance Of Elections In America by Benjamin Ginsberg, Martin Shefter

As the twentieth century closes, the United States is entering an era of postelectoral politics. Media revelations, congressional investigations, and judicial proceedings have replaced electoral competition as the primary weapons of political warfare --with President Clinton as their most visible target. This book addresses the long-term significance of the rise of the politics of scandal and the decline of electoral competition, arguing that as long as scandals dominate the political agenda, voters are repulsed by the political process and the government's political effectiveness is weakened.

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ISBN-13: 9780465059614
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition
1. Electoral Decay and Institutional Conflict
2. Electoral Deadlock
3. The Democrats and the Domestic State
4. The Republican Offensive
5. Institutional Combat
6. Electoral Mobilization, Institutional Combat, and Governmental Power
Notes
Index

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