Conventional Wisdom and American Elections Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions

ISBN-10: 144220088X

ISBN-13: 9781442200883

Edition: 2nd 2010

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Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions debunks many common myths that have arisen about the electoral process in the past few decades. Topics include campaign finance, political participation and voting, and the role of campaigns, negative campaigning, political parties, and the role the media plays in the electoral process. Each chapter offers comprehensive coverage of the subject matter, and is written in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate students.
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List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166

List of Illustrations
Vanishing Voters: Misconceptions about Voter Turnout and the Youth Vote
A Polarized Nation? "The Culture War" and Divisions in American Politics
The Myth of Independent and Swing Voters
Following Campaigns
Misconceptions about Campaign Finance Reform: What Regulations Have and Have Not Accomplished
The "Veepstakes": Balancing the Ticket and Other Myths about Vice Presidential Selection
Myth or Reality? Presidential Campaigns Have Become Nastier
Science or Voodoo? Misconceptions about National Election Polls
"It's the Ratings, Stupid": Misconceptions about Media Bias
A "Dime's Worth of Difference"? Political Parties and the Myth of Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Understanding Election Outcomes
Selling the President: The "Image is Everything" Myth
The Illusion of Competitive Congressional Elections
"Kingmaker" and Battleground States and the Myth of National Presidential Elections
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