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Grassroots Rules: How the Iowa Caucus Helps Elect American Presidents (Stanford Law Books) Hardcover – November 5, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0804758031 ISBN-10: 0804758034
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"If you want to understand Iowa's effect on party nominations, read this book."—National Journal


"A must-read for anyone interested in presidential campaigns – from Iowa, through New Hampshire, to election day."—Michael Whouley, Democratic Political Consultant"The real value of this book is in its making some of the finer points of the presidential electoral process interesting to those who don't know a caucus from a primary or Iowa from Ohio. In short, this is a timely and accessible book recommended for all libraries."—Library Journal


"Grassroots Rules is a tour de force. Combining potent analytical skills with real-world experience, Chris Hull maps out the most fought-over 56,276 square miles in American politics: Iowa, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus. The author's conclusions will intrigue casual readers and startle political practitioners. Anyone in need of a thorough road map for where the 2008 presidential race begins should make Grassroots Rules their first stop."—Jim Pinkerton, Newsday columnist and a Fox News Channel contributor


"Grassroots Rules is absolutely right: retail politics matters most in Iowa. Hull talked to the right people and tells the right stories to give readers an insider's view of the caucuses. If you want to understand how presidential candidates win in Iowa today, you have to read this book."—Tom Synhorst, Iowa campaign manager for Dole 1988


"The Iowa caucuses, poised at the start of the presidential nomination calendar, have been criticized as unrepresentative and operationally complex while being praised for their retail politics and grass-roots democracy. Christopher Hull's book adds new insight into long-standing debates on the conduct and influence of the Iowa caucuses. His research expands our understanding of the effectiveness of grassroots versus mass media campaigning in the caucuses, and the role of ideology versus electability in voters' choices. Those who read Hull's book will come away with a better understanding of the conduct, significance, and ever changing nature of the caucuses."—Barbara Norrander, University of Arizona

About the Author

Christopher C. Hull is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. He is also Senior Vice President and Campaign Manager for the U.S. Public Affairs Practice of Hill & Knowlton, based in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stanford Law Books
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Law and Politics (November 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804758034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804758031
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,603,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This well researched argument demonstrates that the caucus system gives power to the grassroots and neutralizes much of the power of big money.

Iowa, Colorado, and just a handful of states still have this neighborhood system for getting the common persons input into the presidential election and to nominate candidates to the primary ballot for local elections.

The product of the Teddy Roosevelt progressive movement, the caucus was created along with the recall and initiative process.

States with direct primary elections should consider this book carefully, and the possibility of bringing back the caucus.

Here's what Ben Franklin had to say about the matter here in Colorado in 2008:
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By B. Spivack on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is very interesting for anyone concerned with US Presidential elections. It takes a balanced approach but comes to definite conclusions about the importance of the Iowa Caucus. What I liked was the way it dug beneath the surface statistics to provide an in-depth analysis of what is going on.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Reece on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Hull has written a rigorously-researched and tightly-sourced analysis of the impact of the Iowa presidential caucuses. His work applies academic precision to a subject with which Hull has extensive real-world experience, and this combination truly shines through the page. An absolute must-read for those who seek to understand the presidential selection process.
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