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Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process

ISBN-10: 0226706966
ISBN-13: 9780226706962
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

If Barack Obama had not won in Iowa, most commentators believe that he would not have been able to go on to capture the Democratic nomination for president.Why Iowa?offers the definitive account of those early weeks of the campaign season: from how the Iowa caucuses work and what motivates the candidates' campaigns, to participation and turnout, as well as the lingering effects that the campaigning had on Iowa voters. Demonstrating how "what happens in Iowa" truly reverberates throughout the country, five-time Iowa precinct caucus chair David P. Redlawsk and his coauthors take us on an inside tour of one of the most media-saturated and speculated-about campaign events in American politics. Considering whether a sequential primary system, in which early, smaller states such as Iowa and New Hampshire have such a tremendous impact is fair or beneficial to the country as a whole, the authors here demonstrate that not only is the impact warranted, but it also reveals a great deal about informational elements of the campaigns. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this sequential system does confer huge benefits on the nominating process while Iowa's particularly well-designed caucus systemextensively explored here for the first timebrings candidates' arguments, strengths, and weaknesses into the open and under the media's lens.

David P. Redlawsk is professor of political science and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University. Caroline J. Tolbert is professor of political science at the University of Iowa. Todd Donovan is professor of political science at Western Washington University.

Todd Donovan (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is a professor of political science at Western Washington University. He teaches state and local politics; American politics, parties, campaigns, and elections; comparative electoral systems; and introductory research methods and statistics. His research interests include direct democracy, election systems and representation, political behavior, subnational politics, and the political economy of local development. He has published extensively in academic journals; written a number of books on direct democracy, elections, institutions, and reform; and has received numerous grants and awards for his work. He is coauthor (with Christopher Z. Mooney and Daniel A. Smith) of STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS: INSTITUTIONS AND REFORM (?2009) and coauthor (with Ken Hoover) of THE ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC THINKING, also published by Cengage Learning.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Framing the Argument
Why Iowa? Because the Rules Matter
What We Know and What We Don't about Presidential Nomination Campaigns
Caucus Rules
Iowa Caucus Rules
Candidate Campaigns in Iowa: Grassroots or Mass Media Politics?
The Iowa Grass Roots: Participation in the 2008 Caucuses
Decided by the Few: Are the Iowa Caucuses Representative?
Sequential Voting Rules
Effects of Iowa and New Hampshire in U.S. Presidential Nomination Contests 1976-2008
The Micro Foundations of Momentum
Participation and Engagement in 2008 Caucuses and Primaries
Changing the Rules
Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process
Why Iowa? Continuity and Change in Presidential Nominations
Multivariate Tables for Chapter 7
Multivariate Tables for Chapter 8
Multivariate Tables for Chapter 9
Multivariate Tables for Chapter 10
Notes
References
Index

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