Is this Any Way to Run a Democratic Election?: Debating American Electoral Politics

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Houghton Mifflin, 2001 - Political Science - 210 pages
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Appropriate as a supplement for American government or election courses, this text offers an overview of major issues in electoral politics. Some of the key topics examined include political participation, the role of money and the media, and the importance of political parties.

Divided into nine chapters, "American Electoral Politics evaluates the degree to which American elections are democratic and suggests ways to close the gap between theory and political practice.Each chapter opens with a compelling vignette of a United States election.Pedagogy includes an end-of-chapter exercise, class discussion questions, and web site addresses for further exploration.The text offers suggested readings and an end-of-text glossary.Stephen J. Wayne is a respected presidency scholar and has advised many elected officials.

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Stephen J. Wayne (B.A. with Honors, University of Rochester, M.A., and Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of Government at Georgetown University. An expert on the American presidency, he has written twelve books, published in multiple editions, and over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews. In addition to THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE, his major works include THE LEGISLATIVE PRESIDENCY; PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP (with George C. Edwards), IS THIS ANY WAY TO RUN A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION? and PERSONALITY AND POLITICS: OBAMA: FOR AND AGAINST HIMSELF. A Washington-based insider since 1968, Professor Wayne is frequently interviewed by White House reporters and serves as a commentator on American politics for the national news media. He has been President of the Presidency Research Group and The National Capital Area Political Science Association, is a member of the editorial boards of the PRESIDENTIAL STUDIES QUARTERLY and CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY, and regularly lectures to international visitors, senior federal executives, and college students in the United States and abroad. Professor Wayne has testified before Congress and before advisory committees of both major political parties.

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