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

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Houghton Mifflin, 2003 - Political Science - 230 pages
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Written by well known presidency scholar, Stephen Wayne, this brief text offers an overview of major issues concerning electoral politics and suggests ways to close the gap between democratic theory and political practice. Key topics include political participation, the role of money, the importance of political parties, and the role of the media.Each chapter begins with a Did You Know That...? vignette of facts related to the chapter topic that provide a background for students.Each chapter contains discussion questions and topics for debate to encourage student reflection.

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Contents

THE POPULAR BASE OF AMERICAN ELECTORAL
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Who Doesnt Vote?
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Potential Solutions to the Nonvoting Problem
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Copyright

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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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