This book aims to better explain the Iowa caucuses and presents updated versions of the papers presented at a Shambaugh conference, "First in the Nation: Iowa and the Nomination Process," held at the University of Iowa, February 7-8, 1988.
Iowa and the Nomination Process -- How Representative Are the Iowa Caucuses? -- Voter Turnout in Primary Elections -- Is Iowa News? -- After Iowa: Momentum in Presidential Primaries -- The Iowa Caucuses in a Front-Loaded System: A Few Historical Lessons -- Who Is Vulnerable to the Iowa Caucuses? -- Democracy, Media, and Presidential Primaries