Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Election

ISBN-10: 1452205655
ISBN-13: 9781452205656
Edition: 5th 2014 (Revised)
Authors: Stephen J. Wayne
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List price: $43.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 7/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

The 2012 election is over, but the debate over the fairness and accuracy of our electoral system continues. The courts are dealing with the alleged discriminatory impact of voter ID requirements on minority voters; privacy and vote manipulation are concerns as political campaigns utilize new technology to target voters; the news media are contending with harsh public criticism of their elections coverage; the campaign finance floodgates were opened with vast resources spent on negative advertising; and the Electoral College continues to undermine a national, democratic electoral system-Is this any way to run a democratic election? This fully updated fifth edition answers that important question by looking at both recent events and recent scholarship focused on the democratic electoral process, including new data and timely illustrations from the 2012 elections.

Stephen J. Wayne is a well-known author and lecturer on the American presidency and electoral politics. A professor of government at Georgetown University since 1988 and a Washington-based "insider" for more than 40 years, Wayne has written or edited 12 books and authored over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews that have appeared in professional journals, scholarly compilations, newspapers, and magazines. At Georgetown, Wayne teaches courses on the presidency, elections, and psychology and politics. Wayne is frequently quoted by White House journalists and regularly appears on television and radio news shows. He lectures widely at home and abroad to international visitors, college students, federal executives, and business leaders. He has testified before Congress on the subject of presidential elections and governance and before Democratic and Republican party advisory committees on the presidential nomination processes. He participated in transition projects for the National Academy of Public Administration and the Presidency Research Group.

Preface
Democratic Elections: What's the Problem?
Contemporary Election Issues
The Nature of Democracy
Elections and Democracy
Tensions within a Democratic Electoral System
Summary: Democratic Election Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Popular Base of American Electoral Politics
Suffrage in American Elections
Variations in Voter Turnout
Influences on Voting
Consequences of Not Voting
Possible Solutions to the Nonvoting Problem
Summary: Suffrage and Turnout Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
How Representative Are American Elections?
The Concept of Representation
The Structure of Elections and the Underrepresentation of Minorities
American Politics and the Underrepresentation of Women
The Electoral College System and the Overrepresentation of Large Competitive States
Other Representational Issues
Representation and Policy Outcomes
Summary: Representational Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Has Money Corrupted Our Electoral Process?
Money and Democratic Elections
Campaign Finance Legislation and Its Consequences
Continuing Campaign Finance Issues
Summary: Campaign Finance Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
News Media: Watchdog or Pit Bull?
The Evolution of Election News
The Communications Revolution and Its Consequences
The Adequacy of Contemporary Campaign Coverage
Knowledge and Voting
What Can Be Done to Improve Election Coverage?
Summary: News Media Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Are American Parties Still Representative?
Parties and American Democracy
Parties and Elections
The Two-Party Tradition in the United States
The Evolution of U.S. Political Parties
Parties, Electoral Representation, and Democratic Governance
Summary: Partisan Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
The Nomination Process: Whose Is It Anyway?
From an Elite to a More Popular Nomination System
The Democratization of Nominations: Representative or Unrepresentative?
The Impact of Nominations on Government
Improving the Nomination Process
National Nominating Conventions: Anachronism or Still Relevant?
The Incumbency Advantage
Summary: Nomination Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Campaign Communications: How Much Do They Matter?
Campaign Communications and Democratic Elections
Communication Distortion
The New Communications Technology
Summary: Campaign Communication Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Elections and Government: A Tenuous Connection
Who Governs?
The Relationship between Campaigning and Governing
The Election and Public Policy
Policy and Performance: Responsiveness and Accountability
Summary: Elections and Government Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Index

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