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Campaigns and Elections American Style (Transforming American Politics) Paperback – March 12, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0813341811 ISBN-10: 0813341817 Edition: Second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Transforming American Politics
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Second Edition edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813341817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813341811
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,689,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Campaigns and Elections American Style combines penetrating analysis from top scholars with inside insights from some of the top campaign practitioners in the country. That combination of perspectives makes it a terrific, must-read resource for scholars and students alike."
—Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute

"Campaigns are big business, and this book tells candidates, students, and citizens how they are run in the 21st century. Two of the premier experts in American politics, Jim Thurber and Candice Nelson, have brought together a top-notch group of specialists in strategy, polling, advertising, new media, fieldwork and fundraising. This up-to-date volume is perfect for college courses in parties and elections."
—Larry J. Sabato, University of Virginia; author of The Year of Obama

"James Thurber and Candice Nelson and their team of experienced consultants and respected academic collaborators help us understand the strategy and outcome of the 2008 elections. Campaigns and Elections American Style is 'state of the art' in its coverage of such topics as blogs, social networks, polling, internet fundraising, messaging, and mobilization, among others. The book demonstrates that consultants and academics can complement each other in informing a broader audience."
—David B. Magleby, Brigham Young University

"Informative, comprehensive, and, most importantly, accessible, the third edition of Campaigns and Elections American Style provides an up-to-date, realistic view on the evolution of American electoral politics. Students will like this book and benefit from it."
—Stephen J. Wayne, Georgetown University

Praise for Previous Editions:

"An innovative and highly informative contribution to the understanding of American politics. For the general reader, for the campaign professional, and for academic researchers seeking accessible and new information, this book provides superb analysis from those who work in the political trenches and those who spend their lives studying the process."
—Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post, and author of The New Politics of Inequality, Power and Money.

"Until now, academic political theory and practical campaign experience might as well have existed on different planets. But James Thurber and Candice Nelson have managed to combine the best of both worlds into a text that will be hugely useful to campaign professionals, theorists, students, and political junkies alike."
—Dan Schnur, University of California, Berkeley

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About the Author

James A. Thurber is professor of government and director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. Candice J. Nelson is an assistant professor of government at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at The American University and is director of the university's Campaign Management Institute.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on April 2, 2001
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Not a bad book. Thurber presents American campaigns from an academic perspective in describing how they operate and how they have changed over time.
This is less of a practical or "how to" book than a descriptive treatise on campaign practices. It is valuable in introducing the reader to the why's and hows of modern campaigning in America. A person who is looking for a guide to organizing their own run for local office will find this book interesting, but will want to supplement it with one of the many more practical books on the subject...I'm teaching a course in elective politics at the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Center of Government. This is one of the required reading books for the course and is also used by some other teachers in the field at colleges and universities around the country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Who, What, Where? VINE VOICE on February 11, 2012
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This is a pretty fair treatment of what makes American campaigns unique. It highlights the need to master the media, fundraising, and the technology centered nature of campaigns that emerges from the week state of the parties. Basically, this book offers up an image of what happens when elections are conducted in a weak party system. You get the American system, and this book also offers up a sense of how that impacts the quality of representation one receives. It is a good book, but offers only improvements to what we already knew, with the added bonus that the writing is a little too technical. Anyway, a good book for a scholar, but few others.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By lkwennv on January 21, 2013
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This book was from a required readinglist for an undergraduate political science course. Don't have a review for the content yet.
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