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The Campaign Manager : Running and Winning Local Elections Paperback – October 29, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0813368481 ISBN-10: 0813368480 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; 2 edition (October 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813368480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813368481
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can't imagine anyone heading into the campaign trenches without a copy of The Campaign Manager!" -- Daniel M. Shea, Director, Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College

"Quite simply the best organizational tool for anyone seeking political office or working on an issue-based campaign." -- Mara Liasson, National Political Correspondent, NPR --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Catherine Shaw served twelve years (three terms) as Mayor of Ashland, Oregon, and is currently the Chief of Staff for Oregon State Representative Dr. Alan Bates. She has nearly two decades of campaign management experience and has taught campaign courses at Yale University, the University of California, and Southern Oregon University.

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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By James Nail on February 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to get some ideas and insights on grassroots organizing, but I was dismayed to find that the book is much more elementary than I anticipated. It seems like a good resource for someone running for school board or a small town's council. However, if you're looking for pointers on running/managing a campaign, you may be better served by another book, perhaps Daniel Shea's "Campaign Craft." The book also fails to address the increasingly important technological aspect of modern campaigning, recommending that you keep track of your supporters via index cards. While reliable, this method is not exactly on the cutting edge of the campaign industry.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K Charles Dodsonni on December 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recently finished working on a local State Senate race where we used Shaw's book as a manual for each course of action in our campaign. I was very impressed with the book's clear direction and insightful reasoning. We won our race because each step we took made sense and Shaw's book influenced our decision making process in every way. I highly recommend that anyone who thinks about running or participating in a local election reads and uses Shaw's book. We would not have been so successful without it.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Ryberg on April 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Catherine Shaw is a professional. She knows how to organize to win an election. Her book is an exhaustive but clear compendium of political organizing at the grassroots level. You will find everything you need to know about phone banks, direct mail, voter registration lists, letters-to-the editor--how each works, how effective each is, and how to trade off if you can't do it all.
The campaign I helped run and used her book in was a $5.96 million bond measure to restore and expand our historic Carnegie library. In Oregon all money measures must turn out 50% of the registered voters. Within that 50% in order to win, you must have a majority of the votes. Not an easy task.
Our campaign not only turned out well over 50% but won by more than 2:1. It couldn't have happened without that book. It's the next best thing to having Catherine Shaw at your elbow.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erick Ramos Murillo on June 1, 2007
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Must of us have no clue at all what it means and what is involved in the organization of a political campaign. This book is a bible to run a campaign or to be a manager for one. It goes from the initial thinking that needs to be done before a candidate even considers running to what are the final steps when the campaign is through. Every step of the process is covered. It is really an amazing book. The only caveat that I would point out it is its strong focus on US campaigns, thus if you are not American and are thinking about campaigns outside the US this book will not cover foreign issues and also it may bias you. I.E. In other countries politicians do not raise funds in events where people go to hear them, on the contrary, many politicians especially in Latina America try to provide incentives for people to go to their speeches (of course this is controversial) and the book for example goes into this kinds of fundraising, that do not happen outside the US. In general however, it provides an excellent framework for a very organized and focused campaign.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Morris on May 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Catherine M. Shaw provides a plethora of information on running a campaign for local office. I have read four or five books on the subject, and this one is probably the best - certainly the most thorough! There are two flaws, however: 1) Ms. Shaw's recommendations are very low-tech. She advises you to set up various notecard systems, etc., that could be much more easily handled with computer software. Using the web, blogs, etc. isn't really mentioned at all. 2) From my experience, Ms. Shaw's expectations for masses of volunteers is a little (LOT!) more than the average candidate can really hope for. Maybe if you live in a politially astute area of the country like Portland, but for us folks in the mid-west, getting even two or three volunteers for a state house campaign (of an incumbent!) is quite an accomplishment. Her recommendations assume you'll have an unpaid staff of 10, 20 or more. Still, even with these flaws in mind, this is a pretty good guide. I recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Newhall on October 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I've now had a chance to read or review a number of the top-rated campaign books. Without exception The Campaign Manager was the most helpful: it's a hands-on, how-to manual that's easy to read and covers all aspects of a campaign.
The biggest selling point is that it is clear the author draws from years of direct campaigning experience. Every section has great tips for saving money and being more competitive in a market where "money is king." While it covers computer-driven organizational systems there are also systems for those who are not so technologically inclined. It's clear that Shaw knows when you're working a grassroots campaign you sometimes need to adapt to a volunteers' level of expertise not the other way around.
This book is a real field guide and the best tool you could have in winning an election.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Evans on May 29, 2004
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This book seriously has everything you need to know for running a local election. Whether you plan to read it cover to cover, or look things up as you go, this book will tell you what you need to know to be successful. Catherine Shaw has graciously written down everything she knows about a campaign and handed it to us on a silver platter. The only way to learn more than you learn with this book would be to work with Ms. Shaw in person! Don't run a local election without it!
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