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US Elections Primer FreeBookIt is election time in the US and Routledge has a wide range of offerings for every college course touching upon political parties,candidates,and campaigns. Here we have selected a representative set of chapters from just six of our most popular texts to give you an idea of the quality and variety of the course materials we have available.

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The chapters presented here cover topics of perennial interest and debate: The presidential nominating process, the primary season, the Electoral College, the role of the media,and getting out the vote.The examples provided are drawn from past election cycles (with an emphasis on 2008 and 2012),but many of the same issues and dilemmas are relevant to 2016.

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  • Campaigns and Elections

    Players and Processes, 2nd Edition

    By Stephen K. Medvic

    Stephen K. Medvic’s Campaigns and Elections addresses two distinct but related aspects of American electoral democracy—both the processes that constitute campaigns and elections and the players who are involved. In addition to this balanced coverage on process and actors, it also gives equal…

    Paperback – 2013-11-26

  • Campaigning for President 2012

    Strategy and Tactics, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Dennis W. Johnson

    In this important and timely volume, Dennis W. Johnson has assembled an outstanding team of political scientists and political professionals to examine one of the fiercest and most closely fought presidential elections of our time. Like its predecessor on the 2008 race, Campaigning for President…

    Paperback – 2013-07-08

  • Understanding American Political Parties

    Democratic Ideals, Political Uncertainty, and Strategic Positioning

    By Jeffrey M. Stonecash

    How do parties respond to the electorate and craft winning strategies? In the abstract parties are the vehicles to make democracy work, but it is often difficult to see the process working as well as we think it might. Indeed, voters often struggle to see parties as the valuable vehicles of…

    Paperback – 2012-08-17

  • Rethinking American Electoral Democracy

    2nd Edition

    By Matthew J. Streb

    While frustration with various aspects of American democracy abound in the United States, there is little agreement over—or even understanding of—what kinds of changes would make the system more effective and increase political participation. Matthew J. Streb sheds much needed light on all the…

    Paperback – 2011-01-24
    Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

  • New Directions in Campaigns and Elections

    Edited by Stephen K. Medvic

    The ground upon which campaigns and elections are contested has been shifting rapidly in the last decade. Radical and ongoing changes to the way elections are administered and campaigns are financed; new approaches to polling, campaign management and advertising, and voter mobilization; and recent…

    Paperback – 2011-01-06
    New Directions in American Politics

  • The Imperfect Primary

    Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics

    By Barbara Norrander

    Recognized as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2011! Many people complain about the complex system used to nominate presidents. The system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. Because of the dissatisfaction over the idiosyncrasies of the current system, periodic calls…

    Paperback – 2010-07-06
    Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation

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