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Guide to the 2000 presidential election
Goldstein, Michael L., 1945-
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
xiii, 108 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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On the brink of the 2000 presidential election contest which may prove to be the most important for our country in more than 30 years, Michael L. Goldstein, a political science professor at Claremont College, has written a short, uncomplicated guide for students and citizens.

Guide to the 2000 Presidential Election is the perfect resource for all who want to learn more about the grand process the nation follows every four years as voters collectively decide how, and by whom, they want to govern. This short, easy-to-understand volume is an excellent introduction to help-students and general library patrons understand the way Americans select the occupant of the highest office in the land. Written in straightforward-prose for nonexperts, this book has since the early 1980s helped voters and younger voters-to-be prepare for one of the most important events on the nation's political landscape.

Assuming little previous knowledge, Goldstein walks the reader through the context of the election, the preliminaries leading up to the nomination, the actual process of getting the nomination, the full campaign, and the essential issues the winner will confront in office. In the course of this book the author informs and educates about campaign financing, access to the ballot, the media's role, the use of advertising, and other controversial topics in the news.

Goldstein's book takes on special importance in this election period as the nation goes to the polls to fill an office without a sitting incumbent president for only the second time since 1968. The winner will lead the country into the new century and very likely set the tone of government for many years.

Teaching exercises areincluded to assist high school instructors and college professors in engaging students and hel

Author Notes

Michael L. Goldstein is associate professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and director of its Washington Semester program. He has taught at Columbia, Cornell, and Case Western Reserve and has held positions at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Boxesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
1 The Changing Political Contextp. 1
2 The Preliminariesp. 19
3 Nominationp. 41
4 The Campaign Trailp. 59
5 Controversies for the Futurep. 77
Candidate Profilesp. 95
Indexp. 105