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Politics, Parties, and Elections in America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 416

Politics, Parties, and Elections in America

POLITICS, PARTIES, AND ELECTIONS IN AMERICA, Seventh Edition, is filled with the latest research on what political parties do, how they are organized, how party leaders behave, the functions of political parties and their limitations, the unique features of American political parties, and the impact of political parties within the American political system. It provides balanced, up-to-date coverage of the political parties and the realities of political life. Included in this new edition are discussions about the 2008 nomination contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the realities of current campaign finance, the use of technology during campaigns, and more. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Campaign Finance and Political Polarization
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 208

Campaign Finance and Political Polarization

Efforts to reform the U.S. campaign finance system typically focus on the corrupting influence of large contributions. Yet, as Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner argue, reforms aimed at cutting the flow of money into politics have unintentionally favored candidates with extreme ideological agendas and, consequently, fostered political polarization. Drawing on data from 50 states and the U.S. Congress over 20 years, La Raja and Schaffner reveal that current rules allow wealthy ideological groups and donors to dominate the financing of political campaigns. In order to attract funding, candidates take uncompromising positions on key issues and, if elected, take their partisan views into ...

Making Sense of the 2016 Elections
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 48

Making Sense of the 2016 Elections

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2017-01-31
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  • Publisher: CQ Press

Get a big picture understanding of what happened in the 2016 elections and why. Designed to be used as a supplement to American politics texts, this brief overview from Brian Schaffner and John Clark provides a concise analysis, going beyond horserace journalism, and gives students an accessible insight into political scientists' view of this ground breaking election. Students will benefit from seeing how broader political science concepts apply to a campaign and election that is fresh in their minds. Whether packaged with another SAGE | CQ Press title or used on its own, Schaffner and Clark’s Making Sense of the 2016 Elections will give your students the key insight they need.

Understanding Political Science Research Methods
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 234

Understanding Political Science Research Methods

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-12-04
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  • Publisher: Routledge

This text starts by explaining the fundamental goal of good political science research—the ability to answer interesting and important questions by generating valid inferences about political phenomena. Before the text even discusses the process of developing a research question, the authors introduce the reader to what it means to make an inference and the different challenges that social scientists face when confronting this task. Only with this ultimate goal in mind will students be able to ask appropriate questions, conduct fruitful literature reviews, select and execute the proper research design, and critically evaluate the work of others. The authors' primary goal is to teach studen...

Winning with Words
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 216

Winning with Words

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-09-10
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  • Publisher: Routledge

Today's politicians and political groups devote great attention and care to how their messages are conveyed. From policy debates in Congress to advertising on the campaign trail, they carefully choose which issues to emphasize and how to discuss them in the hope of affecting the opinions and evaluations of their target audience. This groundbreaking text brings together prominent scholars from political science, communication, and psychology in a tightly focused analysis of both the origins and the real-world impact of framing. Across the chapters, the authors discuss a broad range of contemporary issues, from taxes and health care to abortion, the death penalty, and the teaching of evolution. The chapters also illustrate the wide-ranging relevance of framing for many different contexts in American politics, including public opinion, the news media, election campaigns, parties, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, and the judiciary.

Election 2010: An American Government Supplement
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 32

Election 2010: An American Government Supplement

ELECTION 2010: AN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT SUPPLEMENT is an ideal resource for students who are just learning about or who have an incomplete picture of American politics. Walking students through the congressional and gubernatorial campaigns, this supplement details the election process from start to finish. It includes graphic features and analyses of election outcomes to further students’ understanding of American politics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

House Members, Legislative Activities, and Local Coverage
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 556

House Members, Legislative Activities, and Local Coverage

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  • Published: 2002
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 944

The Oxford Handbook of the American Congress

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-03-14
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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

No legislature in the world has a greater influence over its nation's public affairs than the US Congress. The Congress's centrality in the US system of government has placed research on Congress at the heart of scholarship on American politics. Generations of American government scholars working in a wide range of methodological traditions have focused their analysis on understanding Congress, both as a lawmaking and a representative institution. The purpose of this volume is to take stock of this impressive and diverse literature, identifying areas of accomplishment and promising directions for future work. The editors have commissioned 37 chapters by leading scholars in the field, each ch...

American Political Parties and Elections: a Very Short Introduction
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 168

American Political Parties and Elections: a Very Short Introduction

Few Americans and even fewer citizens of other nations understand the electoral process in the United States. Still fewer understand the role played by political parties in the electoral process or the ironies within the system. Participation in elections in the United States is much lower than in the vast majority of mature democracies. Perhaps this is because of the lack of competition in a country where only two parties have a true chance of winning, despite the fact that a large number of citizens claim allegiance to neither and think badly of both. Or perhaps it is because in the U.S. campaign contributions disproportionately favor incumbents in most legislative elections, or that large...

Running for Judge
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 253

Running for Judge

  • Categories: Law
  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2009-07-01
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  • Publisher: NYU Press

As its title suggests, this collection is a sort of human list and found department. It is peopled with odd, vivid characters, often alone and displaced, immigrants from Turkey, Algeria, Egypt, Chile or lost souls in their own homeland, wanderers in whose world the miraculous is ever lurking, always possible. Many live in Paris --a dilapidated, largely unseen Paris of sweatshops and dingy hotels. Some have left their countries, like the wily Miss Carmen, to see what could be had; others, like the clubfooted Sliman, are driven by spiritual desire. For all of them, the experience of exile, real or imagined, is a catalyst to liberation--a liberation described by Marsella with compassion and a touch of the mystical.