Margin of Victory

Author: Nathaniel G. Pearlman
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440802572
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book illuminates modern political technology, examining important technologies, companies, and people; putting recent innovations into historical context; and describing the possible future uses of technology in electoral politics.

How Trump Won

Author: Joel Pollak
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1621575381
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A book to challenge the status quo, spark a debate, and get people talking about the issues and questions we face as a country!

Presidential Pork

Author: John Hudak
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815725205
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Presidential earmarks? Perhaps even more so than their counterparts in Congress, presidents have the motive and the means to politicize spending for political power. But do they? In Presidential Pork, John Hudak explains and interprets presidential efforts to control federal spending and accumulate electoral rewards from that power. The projects that members of Congress secure for their constituents certainly attract attention. Political pundits still chuckle about the “Bridge to Nowhere.” But Hudak clearly illustrates that while Congress claims credit for earmarks and pet projects, the practice is alive and well in the White House, too. More than any representative or senator, presidents engage in pork barrel spending in a comprehensive and systematic way to advance their electoral interests. It will come as no surprise that the White House often steers the enormous federal bureaucracy to spend funds in swing states. It is a major advantage that only incumbents enjoy. Hudak reconceptualizes the way in which we view the U.S. presidency and the goals and behaviors of those who hold the nation’s highest office. He illustrates that presidents and their White Houses are indeed complicit in distributing presidential pork—and how they do it. The result is an illuminating and highly original take on presidential power and public policy.

How to Rig an Election

Author: Nic Cheeseman
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300235216
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An engrossing analysis of the pseudo-democratic methods employed by despots around the world to retain control Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian leaders who agree to hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than autocrats who refuse to allow the populace to vote. In this engaging and provocative book, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas expose the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratization, and reveal the six essential strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory for themselves. Based on their firsthand experiences as election watchers and their hundreds of interviews with presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, election officials, and conspirators, Cheeseman and Klaas document instances of election rigging from Argentina to Zimbabwe, including notable examples from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States—touching on the 2016 election. This eye-opening study offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for the development of new solutions for protecting democracy from authoritarian subversion.

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Inside Congress

Author: Trevor Corning
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815727348
Format: PDF
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Required reading for anyone who wants to understand how to work within Congress. The House and Senate have unique rules and procedures to determine how legislation moves from a policy idea to law. Evolved over the last 200 years, the rules of both chambers are designed to act as the engine for that process. Each legislative body has its own leadership positions to oversee this legislative process. To the novice, whether a newly elected representative, a lawmaker’s staff on her first day at work, or a constituent visiting Washington, the entire process can seem incomprehensible. What is an open rule for a House Appropriations bill and how does it affect consideration? Why are unanimous consent agreements needed in the Senate? The authors of Inside Congress, all congressional veterans, have written the definitive guide to how Congress really works. It is the accessible and necessary resource to understanding and interpreting procedural tools, arcane precedents, and the role of party politics in the making of legislation in Congress.

Going Negative

Author: Shanto Iyengar
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439118757
Format: PDF, ePub
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Political advertising has been called the worst cancer in American society. Ads cost millions, and yet the entire campaign season is now filled with nasty and personal attacks. In this landmark six-year study, two of the nation's leading political scientists show exactly how cancerous the ad spot has become. 16 illustrations.

Parties and Elections in America

Author: Louis Sandy Maisel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742526709
Format: PDF, ePub
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of this classic text is still the most comprehensive and readable text available. Covering all aspects of the electoral process from historical roots to election year 2004, the authors bring life to parties long declared dead and first-hand experience running for office to the sometimes grueling campaign trail. Visit our website for sample chapters!