New Directions in Campaigns and Elections by Stephen K. Medvic

By Stephen K. Medvic

The flooring upon which campaigns and elections are contested has been moving quickly within the final decade. Radical and ongoing alterations to the best way elections are administered and campaigns are financed; new methods to polling, crusade administration and advertisements, and voter mobilization; and up to date advancements within the association of political events and curiosity teams, the operation of the media, and the habit of citizens require shut exam. New instructions in Campaigns and Elections courses scholars during the tangle of contemporary advancements in real-world politics drawing at the insights of cutting edge scholarship on those topics.

More than the other elements of yankee politics, campaigns and elections were affected—in many circumstances transformed—by new verbal exchange applied sciences, a ordinary topic in the course of the quantity. This tightly equipped choice of unique contributions increases very important normative questions, grounds scholars’ considering in leading edge empirical learn, and balances utilized politics with scholarly insights. Like different volumes within the New instructions in American Politics sequence, the centred exploration of the most recent advancements throughout a finished variety of issues makes this a great significant other for college kids wanting to comprehend the quickly altering political setting of the U.S. electoral process.

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The type of voting technology the voter uses to vote is determined largely by the perceptions and attitudes of their election official, and not necessarily by data regarding which voting technology may work best for their voting population. Studies have shown that certain voting technologies which contain features that help voters know if they have made a mistake can reduce the overall residual vote rate (Hamner et al. 2 Researchers used data from the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections to evaluate the impact of upgrades in voting technology on residual votes.

Most party money that is spent on presidential elections is raised from individuals. This has been especially the case for candidates who accept public funding in the general election. Democrat John Kerry in 2004 and Republicans George W. Bush in 2004 and John McCain in 2008 all directed donors to their party committees in the general election campaigns. Ellen Moran, who directed independent expenditures for the Democrats, found that the DNC exceeded its fundraising expectations in 2004 by a factor of “three to four times,” in part through Kerry’s endorsement.

They are not able to raise enough money to generate publicity and campaign organization sufficient to win the attention of voters. The sources of money for House challengers are mostly 26 David B. Magleby individuals. For example, in 2008, House challengers raised on average only 10 percent of their money from PACs (Federal Election Commission 2009a). Some House challengers are largely self-­financed, which because there are no limits on what individuals can spend on their own campaigns allows them to neutralize the fundraising advantage enjoyed by incumbents.

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