With an emphasis on the essential elements and central controversies in the field Let’s Vote provides a timely account of the key features of the American electoral system. The text extends its coverage beyond parties-related topics to other election-centered issues, such as the role of the Internet in modern campaigning, the rise of new-style campaign consultants, the import of negative campaign advertising, and the rise of “new media." A conversational writing style interspersed with timely and engaging anecdotes will allow this text to work as the core of a parties and elections course or as a supplement on elections within an introductory course on American politics.
Table of Contents
1. Democracy’s Feast
2. The Theoretical Underpinnings of Elections
3. Legal Developments in American Elections
4. The Evolution of Political Parties
5. Minor Parties in the United States
6. The Nomination Process
7. New Players in the Election Process. Consultants, Interest Groups, and LCCs
8. Political Participation in the United States
9. Campaign Finance
10. Referenda, Initiatives, and Recall
11. New Media and the Changing Nature of Campaigns
Conclusion. York, Barack, and Voting in the American Experience
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