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Presidential Elections Strategies and Structures of American Politics

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ISBN-10: 0742530159

ISBN-13: 9780742530157

Edition: 11th 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Nelson W. Polsby, Aaron Wildavsky

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This work, updated to reflect developments since the publication of the previous edition, addresses the essential challenges of the system of choosing a president in the US. It highlights the complexity and intensity of the selection process.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Aaron Wildavsky was, until his death in 1993, professor of political science and public policy at the University of California in Berkeley. He was also director of its Survey Research Center.

Tables, Figures, Boxes
Preface
Acknowledgments
The Strategic Environment
Voters
Turnout: Why People Don't Vote
Turnout: Why People Do Vote--A Theory of Social Connectedness
In the Minds of Voters: Party
Parties as Aggregates of Loyal Voters
Ideologies, Candidates, and Issues in the Minds of Voters
Changes in Party Identification: Social Habit Versus Contemporary Evaluation
A Central Strategic Problem: The Attentiveness of Voters
Groups
The Presidential Vote as an Aggregation of Interest Groups
Variations among Interest Groups
"Special" Interests and Public Interest Groups
Political Parties as Organizations
Third Parties
Rulers and Resources
Rules: The Electoral College
Thinking about Resources
Resources: Money
Raising Money in the Prenomination Period
The Beverly Hills Primary
Why Do They Need It?
Raising and Spending Money in the General Election
Does Money Buy Elections?
Reform
Resources: Control Over Information
Newspapers
Television
Incumbency as a Resource: The Presidency
Incumbency as a Liability: The Vice Presidency
Convertibility of Resources
Sequences
The Nomination Process
Before the Primaries
Iowa and New Hampshire: The First Hurdles
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992
1996
What Do These Historical Vignettes Teach?
Primaries
State and District Conventions/Caucuses
At the Convention: Housekeeping
Candidates and Their Organizations
Delegates and Caucuses
The Convention as Advertising
The Vice-Presidential Nominee
The Future of National Conventions
The Campaign
What Do They Do?
The Professionalization of the Campaign
Issues
Advising the Candidate
Domestic Issues, Foreign Issues
Social Issues
Getting Good Press
Polling
Advertising
Television
Targeting
Radio and Newspapers
Other Media
Strategies and Tactics
Negative Campaigning
Presentation of Self
Debates
Blunders
Issues
Appraisals
The Political Theory of Policy Government
Reform by Means of Participatory Democracy
Some Specific Reforms
The Nomination Process
The Decline of the National Convention
The Electoral College
Party Platforms and Party Differences
American Parties and Democracy
Elections and Public Policy
Parties of Advocacy Versus Parties of Intermediation
Notes
Appendixes
Vote by Groups in Presidential Elections Since 1952
Participation in National Elections, by Population Characteristics, 1968-1996
Index