Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions (Hardback)
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Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions (Hardback)

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Hardback 252 Pages / Published: 16/04/2010
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Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions debunks some of the more common misunderstandings that have arisen about the electoral process in the past few decades. Topics include campaign finance, political participation and voting, and the roles played by campaigns, negative campaigning, political parties, and the media in the electoral process. The book is useful as a pedagogical tool to help "hook" students into thinking about elections, politics, and political science. The second edition includes material from the 2008 election, as well as two new chapters that cover campaign finance reform and the selection of vice presidential candidates.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442200876
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 535 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 20 mm
Edition: Second Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
The writing is clear, and even the more technical sections are approachable...The book covers much of the ground that I wish to cover in my course. -- James A. McCann, Purdue University
Praise for the First Edition: [A] very good text for discussing the then upcoming presidential election. It offered a good mix of voting data and very timely analysis. Students could easily see the relevance of the challenges to the "conventional wisdom". -- Paul R. Schulman, Mills College
The perfect election year supplement for my American politics text. -- Leonard Williams, Manchester College
This book is political science at its best. The authors couple compelling empirical evidence with keen insight to set the record straight on a wide range of common misunderstandings about American politics and elections. Conventional Wisdom should be required reading for any course in American elections-and maybe even for the public at large. -- Costas Panagopoulos, Director, Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy, Fordham University
To have a text that is very readable without sacrificing the subtleties and sophistication of the content is a blessing. -- Christopher P. Gilbert, Gustavus Adolphus College

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