Interest Groups in American Campaigns The New Face of Electioneering

ISBN-10: 0199829799
ISBN-13: 9780199829798
Edition: 3rd 2011
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List price: $36.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In today's era of greatly divisive partisanship in Washington, interest groups have become increasingly powerful forces in U.S. politics. In races for the presidency, Congress, and state legislatures, these groups often help to elect--or reelect--candidates who support their causes and views. Now in its third edition,Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneeringfocuses on the key role that interest groups play in U.S. elections. Authors Mark J. Rozell, Clyde Wilcox, and Michael M. Franz present an extensive analysis based on interviews with interest group leaders, campaign finance filings, and election surveys. Opening with an introduction to the nature of our federal election system, they then examine how interest groups ally themselves with political parties and influence candidate nominations and party platforms. The authors also describe how interest groups interact with political candidates--by contributing money, goods, and services to campaigns--and with their own members and the broader electorate--through social networking, Tweeting, Internet advertising, television ads, direct mail, and phone calls. Throughout the book, diverse and compelling examples clearly illustrate how interest groups operate in the real world.Revised and updated, the third edition ofInterest Groups in American Campaignsdelves into the 2010 election campaign; recent reforms and campaign finance laws that have substantially changed the roles played by interest groups; and how these recent changes will affect the 2012 races for federal offices.

Theodore B. Creighton is currently a Professor and Program Leader in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he served as Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and as a Professor in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University. His background includes teaching atnbsp;all grade levels in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California. His administrative experience includes serving as principal and superintendent in both Fresno and Kern Counties, California. He holds a BS degree in teacher educationnbsp;from Indiana University of Pennsylvania,nbsp;a master's degree in educational administration fromnbsp;California State University Long Beach,nbsp;and a doctorate from the University of California Davis. Though active in many professional organizations, he devotes considerable time to his role as Executive Director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. He also serves as a member of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), and as a Stafford Faculty Fellow for the National Institute on Leadership, Disabilities and Students Placed at Risk (NILDSPAR). He recently was appointed as Project Director of the Connexions Knowledge Base Project, an international initiative in collaboration with Rice University charged with assembling the knowledge base in educational administration. His research includes examining the forces of the school principalship, and he is widely published in the area of schools with alternative forms of school leadership.Theodore B. Creighton is currently a Professor and Program Leader in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he served as Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University and as a Professor in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University. His background includes teaching atnbsp;all grade levels in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Los Angeles, California. His administrative experience includes serving as principal and superintendent in both Fresno and Kern Counties, California. He holds a BS degree in teacher educationnbsp;from Indiana University of Pennsylvania,nbsp;a master's degree in educational administration fromnbsp;California State University Long Beach,nbsp;and a doctorate from the University of California Davis. Though active in many professional organizations, he devotes considerable time to his role as Executive Director of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. He also serves as a member of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA), and as a Stafford Faculty Fellow for the National Institute on Leadership, Disabilities and Students Placed at Risk (NILDSPAR). He recently was appointed as Project Director of the Connexions Knowledge Base Project, an international initiative in collaboration with Rice University charged with assembling the knowledge base in educational administration. His research includes examining the forces of the school principalship, and he is widely published in the area of schools with alternative forms of school leadership.Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy at George Mason University.

Preface
Introduction: Interest Groups and American Politics
A Brief History of Interest Groups in Elections
Diverse Groups, Diverse Goals
The One, the Few, or the Many? Interest Groups and American Politics
Interest Groups and the American Political System
Characteristics of American Government
Characteristics of American Parties
Characteristics of American Elections
Regulations, Goals, and Resources
Strategies and Tactics
How this Book is Organized
Interest Groups and Political Parties
The Strategic Context: Regulations, Goals, and Resources
Recruiting and Training Candidates
Approaches to Recruitment
Training Methods
The Presidential Nomination Process
Delegate Selection
The National Conventions
Influencing Party Platforms
State Party Conventions
Financing Convention Activities
Summary
Interest Groups and Candidates
The Strategic Context: Regulations, Goals, and Resources
The Evolution of Campaign Finance Regulation
Goals and Resources
PACs: An Overview
Who Forms PACs and Why
PAC Resources
PAC Contribution Strategies
Influences on Strategic Selection
Influences on PAC Decision Making
Giving Beyond the Limit
Bundling and Coordinated Contributing
Giving to Affiliated Organizations
Contributions to Parties
Contributions of Goods and Services
Summary
Interest Groups and Voters
The Strategic Context: Regulations, Goals, and Resources
Endorsements
The Endorsement Decision
Contested Endorsements
Endorsements and Voting Decisions
Hit Lists
Ratings, Scorecards, and Voters Guides
Voter Mobilization
Candidate Advocacy Efforts
Independent Expenditures
Issue Advocacy and Electioneering Communications
The 2010 Elections in Context
Referenda and Initiatives
Summary
Evaluating the Role of Interest Groups in Elections
Positive and Negative Aspects of Interest Group Involvement
Interest Groups and Political Parties
Interest Groups and Candidates
Interest Groups and Voters
Reforming the System
Interest Groups and Parties
Interest Groups, Candidates, and Voters
Directions for Campaign Finance Reform
Underlying Assumptions
Goals of Reform
Summary
Keywords, Phrases, and Concepts
References
Index

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