Doorstep Democracy: Face-to-Face Politics in the Heartland (Hardback)James H. Read (author)
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At once a memoir of a hard-fought contest and a meditation on the state of American democracy, Read's work contrasts the modern media-driven political campaign, where candidates glean their knowledge of voters from pollsters and communication only flows one way, with the kind of true understanding of constituents and issues that can only grow from individual encounters. Face-to-face doorstep conversations, he claims, give a candidate (or volunteer) and voter an opportunity to truly persuade and learn from one another. In a district where the pro-life movement dominated politics, Read's invitation to honestly discuss abortion and reject single-issue politics resonated with many voters.
Refusing the "red state" versus "blue state" view of American voters, Doorstep Democracy shows the power and importance of kitchen-table politics-people sitting down together to tackle the issues that affect us-and proves that voters and candidates can be convinced to change their minds. Read ultimately demonstrates how conversations between citizens concerned about their communities can get us beyond the television ads, mass mailings, and sound bites to rejuvenate American democracy.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"In Doorstep Democracy, James Read taps into a growing trend in progressive campaigns-real conversations between candidates and voters as a strategy that wins elections while engaging people in social and political change." -Jeff Blodgett, executive director, Wellstone Action!