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- DescriptionFor the past forty years, despite the efforts of reformers, American democracy - particularly concerning presidential elections - has been characterized by a movement away from the involvement and influence of ordinary Americans to a system dominated by special interests, media consultants, and money. The numbers of active involved citizenry, the hallmark of a healthy democracy, have been shrinking, and the public feels - with good reason - that it has been losing control. This book examines the changes in techlogy, society, and law that have encouraged these trends, and provides an analysis of the mination process, the role of money, the impact of the Electoral College, the influence of political parties and other outside groups, and the changing dynamics of public attitudes concerning our election process. Exploring the downward spiral of our electoral democracy, Losing Control outlines how channeling new techlogies through revitalized political parties can bring a vibrant electoral democracy back to the United States. Covering of a wide range of topics that are central to our elections and citing examples from recent elections, this book is ideal for classes on American elections, American political parties, or as supplemental reading in an introductory American politics class.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Arthur Sanders is Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics and International Relations and Director of the Honors Program at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has an A.B. from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. His teaching and research interests focus on campaigns and elections, political parties and interest groups, mass attitudes and behavior, and media and politics. The author of Making Sense of Politics (1990), Victory (1992), and Prime Time Politics (2001), he has published numerous book chapters in edited volumes and articles in professional journals.
- Author(s)Arthur Sanders
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/04/2007
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitlePopular Politics and Governance in America
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight230 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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