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Party Ballots, Reform, and the Transformation of America's Electoral System.

Author: Erik J Engstrom; Samuel Kernell
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Demonstrates that nineteenth-century electoral politics were the product of institutions that prescribed how votes were cast and were converted into political offices.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Engstrom, Erik J.
Party Ballots, Reform, and the Transformation of America's Electoral System.
New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Erik J Engstrom; Samuel Kernell
ISBN: 9781316167168 131616716X
OCLC Number: 894170279
Description: 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half title; Title; Copyright; Epigraph; Contents; Acknowledgments; Prologue; 1 An Era in Need of Explanation; Layout of Book; The Data and Geographical and Temporal Boundaries; 2 The Puzzle of Responsive Elections; Nineteenth-Century Elections as Identity Politics; An Institutional Explanation for America's Responsive Elections; Coattail Voting and the Party Ticket; The Reformed Electoral Regime; The Party Ballot's Implications for Political Parties; Mobilization Strategy; Regulating Access to the Party Ticket; Implications of Mobilization for Parties as Organizations; Conclusion. 3 National Forces in Presidential ElectionsCandidate Reputation; Campaign Issues; Record in Office; Economic Voting; The Political Parties' Policy Commitments; Conclusion; 4 House of Representatives Elections; Nineteenth-Century House Elections; Testing the Effects of Electoral Rules on State Outcomes; Do State-Level Relationships Explain National Party Control?; Conclusion; 5 Senate Indirect and Direct Elections; Pre-Reform and Post-Reform Senate Elections; An Institutional Model of Presidential Effects on Senate Elections; Indirect Elections of Senators. Conclusion: Senate Elections in American Political History6 State Legislative Elections; Nineteenth-Century State Legislatures: Responsive or Insulated?; Mediating Institutions in State Legislative Elections; Coattail Voting and Ballot Form; Conclusion; 7 Gubernatorial Elections; Governors in the Nineteenth Century: Political Ciphers or Party Leaders?; National Forces and Gubernatorial Elections; Mediating Institutions in Gubernatorial Elections; Conclusion; 8 Dismantling the Party Ticket System; The Australian Ballot as Trademark Protection. Direct Primaries: Parties Reassert Control Over Their TrademarkA Reformed Electoral System Ushers in a New Order; Appendix: States as Bundles of Electoral Laws, 1840-1940; A.1 Ballot Structure and U.S. House Election Laws; A.2 U.S. Senate and State Legislatures; A.3 Gubernatorial Elections; References; Index.

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Demonstrates that nineteenth-century electoral politics were the product of institutions that prescribed how votes were cast and were converted into political offices.

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