Campaign and Election Reform: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 1997 - Political Science - 351 pages
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In a single volume, "Campaign and Election Reform" gathers a wealth of information about past and present attempts to reform the electoral process. The authors discuss such political circumstances as party corruption, which led to the rise of reform movements, and excessive campaign donations, which resulted in campaign finance legislation. Emphasis is placed on the various explanations for continued low voter turnout rates and suggested changes in the electoral system that may increase citizen participation.

Topics include development of the secret ballot; the electoral college and the 12th amendment; progressive era reforms; discrimination; gerrymandering; term limits; ballot format reform; and unintended consequences of reform. The book is packed with facts and data from voting studies and includes excerpts from legislation and court cases, and the varied opinions of political researchers and activists.

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Contents

Chronology
31
Biographical Sketches
63
Survey Data and Quotations
101
Directory of Organizations
145
Selected Print Resources
171
Selected Nonprint Resources
257
Glossary
301
Index
321
About the Authors
353
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Glenn H. Utter is professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Lamar University, Beaumont, TX.

Ruth Ann Strickland is associate professor of political science and criminal justice at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

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