Political Mischief Smear, Sabotage, and Reform in U. S. Elections

ISBN-10: 0275941833
ISBN-13: 9780275941833
Edition: 1992
Authors: Bruce L. Felknor
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Book details

List price: $120.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 4/30/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

An old pro on political mischief in the United States gives us an overview of U.S. campaign tactics and ethics from eighteenth-century pamphleteers to campaign consultants and media wizards in the 1990s. Bruce Felknor analyzes negative campaigning today within the context of the evolution of our electoral system. He offers a candid report on the media's influence on politics and shows how political reforms from the Progressive Era to Watergate have often misfired. Students of government and communications, political consultants and professional politicians, and all readers who want to vote more intelligently will find this analysis incisive and the long-forgotten, little-known, and never-told chapters of political lore written in an engaging fashion. This in-depth history of political mischief in American elections is told in three ways. First it examines the surrounding context of the electoral system and the shifting role of political parties as campaign consultants and media experts emerged. Next it examines and analyzes the basic elements of campaign defamation and deception and the problems of espionage and sabotage. Finally it considers political reform and concludes with reflections on the prospects of future reforms.

Introduction
The Matrix of Political Mischief The Nominating Process
Finding Someone to Run The Election Campaign
Marketing Politics Criticizing Opponents
Negative Campaigning The Elements of Unfair Campaigning Personal Vilification
The Classic Smear The Ghoul Gambit
Putting the Other Side Beyond the Pale Appeals to Bigotry
Religion, Race, Ethnic Background
The Many Uses of Distortion Political Lies and Liars Politics and Patriotism Political Chicanery
Disrupting the Machinery Espionage and Sabotage
Buying and Stealing Votes Mischief and Reform
Reform as Mischief Watergate
Mandate for Reform A Result of Reform
Invincible Incumbents Media Power and the Perception of Politics
Further Perspectives on Reform
Bibliography
Index

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