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The Right Fights Back: Playbook 2012 (POLITICO Inside Election 2012)

by Evan Thomas, Politico & Mike Allen

Two of America’s most perceptive political reporters join forces for an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the race for the White House in POLITICO’s Playbook 2012, a series of four instant digital...


Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum

by Richard Wyn Jones & Roger Scully

The definitive account of the 2011 Referendum by Wales' two leading political analysts, that will prove as provocative as it is authoritative.


Electing the Senate: Indirect Democracy before the Seventeenth Amendment

by Wendy J. Schiller & Charles Stewart III

From 1789 to 1913, U.S. senators were not directly elected by the people—instead the Constitution mandated that they be chosen by state legislators. This radically changed in 1913, when the Seventeenth Amendment...


Campaign Rules: A 50-State Guide to Campaigns and Elections in America

by Nina Kasniunas

America may be the most election-crazed nation in the world, boasting roughly 500,000 elected positions nationwide. Americans use elections not only to select candidates, but to directly change government policy...


Political Conventions

by Allan Bonner

Launched in honour of President Obama's inaugural, this book was written during the most remarkable political season in American history. The author visited all major presidential campaign offices in New York...


An Unlikely Candidate: Reflections on My Run for Congress

by Arthur Lieber

In 2010, Arthur Lieber ran for Congress in Missouri's 2nd Congressional District when no other Democrat would. Operating on a budget considered minuscule by today's standards, and refusing donations, he ran...


A Choice Not an Echo: Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition

by Phyllis Schlafly

Over 3 Million Copies Sold!

Celebrate 50 years since the release of Phyllis Schlafly's monumental A Choice Not an Echo, the book that launched the conservative resurgence of the late 20th century. This special...


Congressional Primary Elections

by Robert G. Boatright

Congressional primaries are increasingly being blamed for polarization and gridlock in Congress. Most American states adopted congressional primaries during the first decades of the 20th century as a means of...


From Ballot to Bench: Judicial Elections and the Quest for Accountability

by Philip L. Dubois

Over several decades, many U.S. states abandoned the practice of selecting their judges by direct popular election and adopted the Missouri Plan of judicial selection. In From Ballot to Bench, Philip L. Dubois...


Electing a President: The Markle Commission Research on Campaign '88

by Bruce Buchanan, Robert M. O'Neil & Lloyd N. Morrisett

The image of a prison with a revolving door helped George Bush win the presidency in 1988, but did negative advertising damage the electoral process itself? Why did campaign '88 represent an all-time low in...


The American Revolution of 1800: How Jefferson Rescued Democracy from Tyranny and Faction-and What This Means Today

by Dan Sisson & Thom Hartmann

In this brilliant historical classic, Dan Sisson provides the definitive window into key concepts that have formed the backdrop of our democracy: the nature of revolution, stewardship of power, liberty, and...


Grassroots Elections in China

by Kevin J. O'Brien & Suisheng Zhao

Twenty years after the launch of village elections, the time is ripe to assess the progress and impact of China's most notable political reform. Where have elections been conducted well and where have they been...


Communicator-in-Chief: How Barack Obama Used New Media Technology to Win the White House

by JR. HENDRICKS/DENTON

Communicator-in-Chief examines the role of new media technologies such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, blogs, video games, texting and the Internet in the historic 2008 presidential campaign....


Race and the Obama Phenomenon: The Vision of a More Perfect Multiracial Union

by G. Reginald Daniel & Hettie V. Williams

Essays that explore how the first black president connects to the past and reimagines national racial and political horizons


Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women

by Rebecca Traister

Journalist and Salon writer Rebecca Traister investigates the 2008 presidential election and its impact on American politics, women and cultural feminism. Examining the role of women in the campaign, from Clinton...


Strategy, Money and Technology in the 2008 Presidential Election

by Costas Panagopoulos

The 2008 presidential election, perhaps more so than the typical quadrennial race, will undoubtedly spawn an abundance of scholarly inquiry. The confluence of historic and peculiar features associated with the...


Techno Politics in Presidential Campaigning: New Voices, New Technologies, and New Voters

by John Hendricks & Lynda Lee Kaid

The 2008 US presidential campaign saw politicians utilizing all types of new media -- Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Twitter, e-mail, and cell phone texting - to reach voters of all ages, ethnicities, socio-economic...


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor, Blunders, and Other Oddities from the Presidential Campaign Trail

by Charles Osgood

Charles Osgood, one of America's favorite news personalities, offers a hilarious compendium of anecdotes from the last seventy years of presidential campaigns. With anecdotes from Harry Truman to JFK to George...


Second Verse, Same as the First: The 2012 Presidential Election in the South

The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns

by D. Sunshine Hillygus & Todd G. Shields

The use of wedge issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and immigration has become standard political strategy in contemporary presidential campaigns. Why do candidates use such divisive appeals? Who in the...