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9780393318777

Politics by Other Means: Politicians, Prosecutors, and the Press from Watergate to Whitewater

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393318777

  • ISBN10:

    039331877X

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-01
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

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Summary

As scandals increasingly dominate the political agenda, Benjamin Ginsberg and Martin Shefter argue in this book, the United States is entering an era of postelectoral politics, with media revelations, congressional investigations, and judicial proceedings replacing elections as the primary tools of political competition. In a far-reaching shift of the political landscape, contenders now seek to discredit or take hostage their opponents rather than to expand the electorate or otherwise compete for votes. In this newly revised edition, the authors discuss the long-term significance of the rise of the politics of scandal and the decline of electoral competition. They argue that as long as scandals and the media circus dominate the political agenda, the voter is increasingly alienated, the government's effectiveness weakened, and the democratic process threatened.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition 11(4)
1 Electoral Decay and Institutional Conflict
15(32)
2 Electoral Deadlock
47(36)
3 The Democrats and the Domestic State
83(21)
4 The Republican Offensive
104(30)
5 Institutional Combat
134(38)
6 Electoral Mobilization, Institutional Combat, and Governmental Power
172(21)
Notes 193(14)
Index 207

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