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Published: 08 July 2016

208 Pages | 10 halftones

4-3/8 x 6-7/8 inches

ISBN: 9780190458164

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American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

L. Sandy Maisel

Very Short Introductions

  • A former candidate for Congress and a Democratic Party activist, L. Sandy Maisel is one of the best known and prolific scholars in the field of American political parties.
  • Provides an insider view of the paradoxical aspects of the American electoral system, demonstrating how these flaws lead to an ineffective and undemocratic democratic system.
  • As another election year approaches, this updated edition allows a better understaning of American electoral system.

New to this Edition:

  • Offers updated data and new examples of the nominating process including the 2016 presidential nomination contests.
  • Explores the strong impact of campaigning through social media.
  • Shows the changes in campaign financing wrought by the Supreme Court decision in "Citizens United" and subsequent cases, which fundamentally altered how and by whom elections are paid for.
  • Discusses the Tea Party's influence on the sub-presidential nominating process, which followed from their break-through successes in 2010.

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