This second edition of ""Attack Politics"" updates Emmett Buell and Lee Sigelman's highly regarded study of negativity in presidential campaigns since 1960 with a substantial new chapter on the 2008 contest between Barack Obama and John McCain. That campaign, the authors contend, proved to be the least negative in the last half century and reinforces their central argument that these campaigns have actually not grown 'dirtier' and more negative since the election of JFK. In this new edition, Buell and Sigelman address the same questions that guided their research in the original book. Who attacked whom? How frequently? On what issues? In what ways? And at what point in the race? They also update their analysis of whether presidential campaigns have gotten more negative since 1960, whether opposing sides addressed the same issues or avoided subjects 'owned' by the other side, and whether trailing candidates wage more negative campaigns than leading candidates. The authors expand their analysis well beyond their original research base - 17,000 campaign statements extracted from nearly 11,000 news items in the ""New York Times"" - focusing on both presidential and vice-presidential nominees as sources and targets of attacks and examining the actions of surrogate campaigners. They also compare their findings with previously published accounts of these campaigns - including firsthand accounts by candidates and their confidants. Each chapter features 'echoes from the campaign trail' that reflect the invective exchanged by rival campaigns. Their new chapter shows that, rather than neatly resembling either of their typology's extremes ('runaways' or 'dead heats'), the 2008 race began as a ""dead heat"" in late summer but began to take on all the characteristics of a 'somewhat competitive' affair by the end of September. Campaign discourse that began with an anticipated focus on the Iraq War and other national security issues came to be dominated by concerns about the economic meltdown. This shift of emphasis, they argue, doomed whatever chance McCain had of winning. Like the first edition, this update of ""Attack Politics"" systematically analyzes negative campaigning and offers the best overview yet of modern presidential races. It remains must reading for anyone interested in the vagaries of those campaigns.
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Weight: 757 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
Edition: Second Edition
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