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Presidential primaries and the dynamics of public choice

Author: Larry M Bartels
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This innovative study blends sophisticated statistical analyses, campaign anecdotes, and penetrating political insight to produce a fascinating exploration of one of America's most controversial political institutions--the process by which our major parties nominate candidates for the presidency. Larry Bartels focuses on the nature and impact of "momentum" in the contemporary nominating system. He describes the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry M Bartels
ISBN: 0691077657 9780691077659 0691022836 9780691022833
OCLC Number: 17325584
Description: xxi, 374 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: I. The notion of momentum : 1. The nominating process : The process in outline ; Some basic issues ; A look ahead --
2. From back rooms to "big mo" : The old system ; Upheaval and reform ; The emergence of momentum --
II. The nature of momentum :3. The campaign as horse race : Patterns of horse race coverage ; The audience reaction ; Horse race perceptions and reality --
4. Learning and uncertainty : Learning, the media and the horse race ; The nature of uncertainty ; The effects of uncertainty --
5. Politics in the campaign : Political predispositions ; Political activation ; Issue perceptions and reality --
6. Expectations and choice : Varieties of momentum ; How expectations matter ; Why expectations matter --
III. The impact of momentum : 7. Public opinion and primary voting : Primary voters ; National and local forces ; A typology of primary campaigns --
8. Momentum triumphant: the case of Jimmy Carter : How Carter won ; Political substance and strategy ; What might have been --
9. Trench warfare: the Reagan and Kennedy challenges : Reagan versus Ford ; Kennedy versus Carter ; Momentum as a double-edged sword --
10. Coming up short: George Bush and Gary Hart : Bush versus Reagan ; Hart versus Mondale ; How to start a brush fire (and how to stop one) --
IV. The import of momentum : 11. The primary season as "caucus-race" : "All the party were placed along the course" ; "The exact shape doesn't matter" ; "But who has won?" --
12. The dynamics of public choice : The classical theory of public choice ; A crucial limitation of the classical theory ; Liberal democracy in a dynamic world.
Responsibility: Larry M. Bartels.
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