Campaign Warriors: Political Consultants in Elections

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James A. Thurber, Candice J. Nelson
Brookings Institution Press, Sep 19, 2001 - Political Science - 224 pages
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Campaign politics has become increasingly professionalized in recent years. The growing prevalence and influence of paid consultants in the United States and other democracies is one of the most important factors changing the nature of electoral politics. Campaign Warriors thoroughly examines this critical—and controversial—development and its impact on the political system in the U.S. and other countries.

The contributors approach the topic from several different perspectives, including the increasing use of "spin doctors" and the resulting loss of influence of state and national political parties. The book investigates the role of these paid advisers: who they are, what they do and why, and how they feel about their work. The contributors discuss the consultant's relationship with candidates and parties, and analyze the effect of their efforts on election outcome.

 

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Contents

Introduction to the Study of Campaign Consultants
1
Portrait of Campaign Consultants
10
The Business of Political Consulting
37
Lessons from the Field A Journey into Political Consulting
53
Hired Guns and House Races Campaign Professionals in House Elections
65
Professionalization in Congressional Campaigns
91
Electoral Partnerships Political Consultants and Political Parties
110
Campaign Consultants and Direct Democracy Politics of Citizen Control
133
The Internationalization of Campaign Consultancy
153
Measuring Campaign Consultants Attitudes and Beliefs
175
The State Party Survey
199
Initiative and Referendum Interviews
202
Contributors
209
Index
211
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James A. Thurber is director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and professor of government at American University. Candice J. Nelson is academic director of the Campaign Management Institute and associate professor of government at American University.

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