Challenging traditional approaches to the study of American political history, the essays in this book establish the significance of the institutional framework of the electoral system and argue the importance of its interaction with political conditions.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments, Introduction, Chapter, 1. American Electoral History: Party Systems and Voting Behavior, 2. Electoral Processes in American Politics, 3. The Value of the Vote: Political Representation in the, Gilded Age, 4. New Perspectives on Election Fraud in the Gilded Age, 5. From Party Tickets to Secret Ballots: The Evolution of the, Electoral Process in Maryland during the Gilded Age, 6. “A Place on the Ballot”: Fusion Politics and Antifusion Laws, 7. Regulating Democracy: Election Laws and Dakota Politics,, 1889-1902, 8. Populists in Power: Public Policy and Legislative Behavior, Index, About the Author
Peter H. Argersinger is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Campus, and a Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Populism and Politics: William A. Peffer and the People's Party and numerous articles on American political and social history and was the recipient of the 1990 Binkley- Stephenson Award of the Organization of American Historians.