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Campaigns and Elections, 2018 Election Update, 3rd Edition

  • Matt Grossmann
  • Keena Lipsitz
  • Daron Shaw
  • John Sides
  • ISBN-10: 0393664678
  • ISBN-13: 9780393664676
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

The #1 book—now updated through 2018

Thoroughly and rigorously revised and updated through the 2018 elections by an author team of esteemed teacher-scholars. This text uses a consistent framework to reveal the strategies and choices that face candidates and other practitioners in the American political system.


  • THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE PIVOTAL 2016 AND 2018 ELECTIONS The 2016 election was an intense, groundbreaking moment in American politics. And that intensity continued into 2018. These elections pushed political scientists to reassess how campaigns and elections work. As a result, every chapter has been updated with contemporary examples and rich analysis.

  • WRITTEN BY ENGAGING AUTHORS AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME Our authors draw on their experience as classroom teachers, researchers, scholars, and campaign strategists. They teach students about the field as it is understood today—by both political scientists and campaign professionals.

  • EXAMINES ALL ASPECTS OF CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS IN MULTIPLE LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT Although presidential elections attract the most attention, campaigns and elections influence all levels of American political life. Recognizing this, the authors make sure to show students the diversity of campaigns and the differing perspectives brought by practitioners and academics.

  • CONSISTENT FRAMEWORK GUIDES STUDENT UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYSIS To help students make sense of the topics and perspectives covered in the course, Sides et al. develop a simple analytical framework in Chapter 1. The framework is applied consistently throughout the remainder of the book. Students are repeatedly encouraged to consider four key attributes of campaigns and elections.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The American Electoral Process
Chapter 3: The Transformation of American Campaigns
Chapter 4: Financing Campaigns
Chapter 5: Modern Campaign Strategies
Chapter 6: Political Parties
Chapter 7: Interest Groups
Chapter 8: Media
Chapter 9: Presidential Campaigns
Chapter 10: Congressional Campaigns
Chapter 11: State and Local Campaigns
Chapter 12: Voter Participation
Chapter 13: Voter Choice
Chapter 14: Democracy in Action or a Broken System?