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Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System Hardcover – February 5, 2008

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Starred Review. Is the U.S. ready to elect a third-party president? Campaign consultant Schoen, who calls American politics "dangerously mired in a dysfunctional two-party system," gives the question a tentative "yes," and he is in a position to know: his firm has advised top presidential campaigns for over 30 years, and is currently helping New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg weigh his options as a potential independent candidate. Looking at the "large-scale trend that could open the door for a major third-party candidate," Schoen uses extensive polling to contend that the next election will be decided by the 35-40 percent of the electorate fed up with "partisanship and the extremist wings of either party," a group Schoen calls "Restless and Anxious Moderates." He also considers other factors bolstering a third-party effort, including the rising importance of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, and looks back at the history of third-party candidates, especially 1992 independent presidential hopeful Ross Perot. While a third-party candidate might not win in 2008, Schoen shows, he would provide-as Perot did-an important role in shaping the political agenda, invigorating debates and encouraging consensus between the two major parties. A cagey and comprehensive look at the weaknesses, and promises, of the American political system, Schoen's analysis is as convincing as it is timely.
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Douglas E. Schoen was a campaign consultant for more than thirty years with the firm he founded, Penn, Schoen & Berland. He lives in New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400067332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400067336
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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