Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Election? 4th Edition

ISBN-10: 160426635X

ISBN-13: 9781604266351

Edition: 4th 2010 (Revised)

Authors: Stephen J. Wayne
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Description: Stephen J. Wayne is a well-known author and lecturer on American presidents and the presidency. A professor of government at Georgetown University since 1988 and a Washington-based "insider" for more than 40 years, Wayne has written or edited 11 books, many in multiple editions, and has authored more than 100 articles, chapters, and reviews that have appeared in professional journals, scholarly compilations, newspapers, and magazines. Among his best-known works are The Road to the White House, in its eighth edition, which includes an epilogue on the 2008 nomination process, and Presidential Leadership, Eighth Edition (with George Edwards), to be published in 2010. He is currently working on a psychologically oriented manuscript, tentatively titled A Question of Character: Obama in the Presidency. Book jacket.

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List price: $38.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 2/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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
Types of Democracies
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 and Turnout
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
Public Opinion, 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 Adequacy of Contemporary Campaign Coverage
Public Cynicism about the Media
What Can Be Done?
Summary: News Media Dilemmas in a Nutshell
Now It's Your Turn
Notes
Are American Parties Still Representative?
Parties and American Democracy
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?
The Movement from an Elite to a More Popular System
The Democratization of Nominations: Representative or Unrepresentative?
The Impact of Nominations on Government
Improving the Nomination System
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
Campaign Imagery
Communication Distortions
The New Technology of Polling, Targeting, and Messaging: Better Communication or More Effective Manipulation?
Campaigning on the Internet
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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