The Selection and Election of Presidents

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-05-30
  • Publisher: Routledge
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The United States’ presidential selection process is intricate,constantly evolving, and imperfectly understood bymost American voters. The long campaign brings to lightconflicting concepts of the role of the president, inherentconstraints on his powers, contradictions in the selectionprocess, and possibilities for change or compromise thatare at once its strength and its weakness.The Selection and Election of Presidents is based on aseries of meetings and seminars organized by a French-American organization concerned with the presidentialselection/election process. A varied group of expertsranging from former presidential candidates, to partyleaders to professors engaged each other in an informalsetting with much give and take between the speakers andquestions from participants. The result is a primer on howpolitical parties operate, their relationship to other elementsin the American political system, and how effectivelyparties operate in the light of changes or reforms.The exchanges resulting from the seminars that arethe basis of this volume provide a still-valuable outlineof how the American system works when presidents areselected.

Author Biography

Robert S. Hirschfield was dean of communications at the City University of New York. In addition to this book, he is the author of The Constitution and the Court: The Development of the Basic Law Through Judicial Interpretation and he has written numerous articles and reviews that have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Public Policy among others.

Table of Contents

The Editorp. vii
The Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: Reforming the Reformsp. xxi
Understanding Presidential Politicsp. 1
The Electoral System: Voters, Parties, Candidatesp. 21
The Electoral System: Media and Moneyp. 37
The Nominating Process: Primaries and Delegate Selectionp. 51
The Nominating Process: Conventionsp. 71
Presidential Campaigns: Strategies and Tacticsp. 89
Presidential Campaigns: Press, Polls, Packagingp. 107
Is This Any Way to Elect a Presidentp. 117
Questions and Comments on the Selection/Election Processp. 141
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