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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
|Democratic Elections: What's the Problem?||p. 1|
|Contemporary Election Issues||p. 2|
|The Nature of Democracy||p. 7|
|Types of Democracies||p. 7|
|Elections and Democracy||p. 9|
|Tensions within a Democratic Electoral System||p. 13|
|Summary: Democratic Election Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 16|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 17|
|Popular Base of American Electoral Politics: Suffrage and Turnout||p. 23|
|Suffrage in American Elections||p. 24|
|Variations in Voter Turnout||p. 27|
|Influences on Voting||p. 30|
|Consequences of Not Voting||p. 37|
|Possible Solutions to the Nonvoting Problem||p. 42|
|Summary: Suffrage and Turnout Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 47|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 48|
|How Representative Are American Elections?||p. 56|
|The Concept of Representation||p. 57|
|The Structure of Elections and the Underrepresentation of Minorities||p. 61|
|American Politics and the Underrepresentation of Women||p. 67|
|The Electoral College System and the Overrepresentation of Large Competitive States||p. 67|
|Public Opinion, Representation, and Policy Outcomes||p. 73|
|Summary: Representational Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 80|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 81|
|Has Money Corrupted Our Electoral Process?||p. 88|
|Money and Democratic Elections||p. 89|
|Campaign Finance Legislation and Its Consequences||p. 90|
|Continuing Campaign Finance Issues||p. 98|
|Summary: Campaign Finance Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 108|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 110|
|News Media: Watchdog or Pit Bull?||p. 115|
|The Evolution of Election News||p. 117|
|The Adequacy of Contemporary Campaign Coverage||p. 122|
|Public Cynicism about the Media||p. 131|
|What Can Be Done?||p. 134|
|Summary: News Media Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 139|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 140|
|Are American Parties Still Representative?||p. 148|
|Parties and American Democracy||p. 149|
|The Evolution of U.S. Political Parties||p. 154|
|Parties, Electoral Representation, and Democratic Governance||p. 163|
|Summary: Partisan Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 167|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 168|
|The Nomination Process: Whose Is It Anyway?||p. 173|
|The Movement from an Elite to a More Popular System||p. 174|
|The Democratization of Nominations: Representative or Unrepresentative?||p. 176|
|The Impact of Nominations on Government||p. 183|
|Improving the Nomination System||p. 184|
|National Nominating Conventions: Anachronism or Still Relevant?||p. 189|
|The Incumbency Advantage||p. 192|
|Summary: Nomination Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 194|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 195|
|Campaign Communications: How Much Do They Matter?||p. 200|
|Campaign Communications and Democratic Elections||p. 201|
|Campaign Imagery||p. 207|
|Communication Distortions||p. 209|
|The New Technology of Polling, Targeting, and Messaging: Better Communication or More Effective Manipulation?||p. 215|
|Campaigning on the Internet||p. 217|
|Summary: Campaign Communication Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 218|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 222|
|Elections and Government: A Tenuous Connection||p. 229|
|Who Governs?||p. 230|
|The Relationship between Campaigning and Governing||p. 233|
|The Election and Public Policy||p. 238|
|Policy and Performance: Responsiveness and Accountability||p. 249|
|Summary: Elections and Government Dilemmas in a Nutshell||p. 252|
|Now It's Your Turn||p. 254|
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