9781604266351

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

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    9781604266351

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2010
  • Publisher: Cq Pr

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xii
Democratic Elections: What's the Problem?p. 1
Contemporary Election Issuesp. 2
The Nature of Democracyp. 7
Types of Democraciesp. 7
Elections and Democracyp. 9
Tensions within a Democratic Electoral Systemp. 13
Summary: Democratic Election Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 16
Now It's Your Turnp. 17
Notesp. 20
Popular Base of American Electoral Politics: Suffrage and Turnoutp. 23
Suffrage in American Electionsp. 24
Variations in Voter Turnoutp. 27
Influences on Votingp. 30
Consequences of Not Votingp. 37
Possible Solutions to the Nonvoting Problemp. 42
Summary: Suffrage and Turnout Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 47
Now It's Your Turnp. 48
Notesp. 51
How Representative Are American Elections?p. 56
The Concept of Representationp. 57
The Structure of Elections and the Underrepresentation of Minoritiesp. 61
American Politics and the Underrepresentation of Womenp. 67
The Electoral College System and the Overrepresentation of Large Competitive Statesp. 67
Public Opinion, Representation, and Policy Outcomesp. 73
Summary: Representational Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 80
Now It's Your Turnp. 81
Notesp. 84
Has Money Corrupted Our Electoral Process?p. 88
Money and Democratic Electionsp. 89
Campaign Finance Legislation and Its Consequencesp. 90
Continuing Campaign Finance Issuesp. 98
Summary: Campaign Finance Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 108
Now It's Your Turnp. 110
Notesp. 112
News Media: Watchdog or Pit Bull?p. 115
The Evolution of Election Newsp. 117
The Adequacy of Contemporary Campaign Coveragep. 122
Public Cynicism about the Mediap. 131
What Can Be Done?p. 134
Summary: News Media Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 139
Now It's Your Turnp. 140
Notesp. 144
Are American Parties Still Representative?p. 148
Parties and American Democracyp. 149
The Evolution of U.S. Political Partiesp. 154
Parties, Electoral Representation, and Democratic Governancep. 163
Summary: Partisan Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 167
Now It's Your Turnp. 168
Notesp. 171
The Nomination Process: Whose Is It Anyway?p. 173
The Movement from an Elite to a More Popular Systemp. 174
The Democratization of Nominations: Representative or Unrepresentative?p. 176
The Impact of Nominations on Governmentp. 183
Improving the Nomination Systemp. 184
National Nominating Conventions: Anachronism or Still Relevant?p. 189
The Incumbency Advantagep. 192
Summary: Nomination Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 194
Now It's Your Turnp. 195
Notesp. 197
Campaign Communications: How Much Do They Matter?p. 200
Campaign Communications and Democratic Electionsp. 201
Campaign Imageryp. 207
Communication Distortionsp. 209
The New Technology of Polling, Targeting, and Messaging: Better Communication or More Effective Manipulation?p. 215
Campaigning on the Internetp. 217
Summary: Campaign Communication Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 218
Now It's Your Turnp. 222
Notesp. 225
Elections and Government: A Tenuous Connectionp. 229
Who Governs?p. 230
The Relationship between Campaigning and Governingp. 233
The Election and Public Policyp. 238
Policy and Performance: Responsiveness and Accountabilityp. 249
Summary: Elections and Government Dilemmas in a Nutshellp. 252
Now It's Your Turnp. 254
Notesp. 256
Indexp. 258
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