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In pursuit of the White House 2000 : how we choose our presidential nominees
Mayer, William G., 1956-
Publication Information:
New York : Chatham House Publishers, [2000]

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x, 389 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1490 Lexile.
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In this guide to the major aspects of the US presidential nominating system, a team of experts looks at the background and evolution of the process and the new rules for 2000. It presents non-technical discussion of such topics as: the New Hampshire primary; the role of women in the nomination process; televised candidate debates; the role of consultants; the challenge of maintaining interparty unity; and the role of the vice-presidency.

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Library Journal Review

This collection of nine scholarly essays updates the 1996 election edition (LJ 9/1/95) and offers a detailed appraisal of selected aspects of the presidential nominating process. Michael Hagen and William Mayer discuss the implications of frontloading primaries, with several states moving to hold their primaries on the heels of the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. According to the essay by Andrew Busch, frontloading "deprives voters of meaningful participation" because candidates lack the time to reveal their platforms fully. Other essays investigate the gender gap in the nominating process, the New Hampshire primary as the forefront for personal and media-driven campaigns, and the improved caliber of vice presidents. This compilation by and for specialists is appropriate for academic collections. For a more accessible overview of election mechanics, see Jules Witcover's No Way To Pick a President (LJ 10/1/99).--Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This group of nine essays, edited by Mayer ( Northeastern Univ.), deals with recent "transformations" in the process of selecting the presidential nominees. The overview is useful, the writing clear and straightforward. The first essay confirms that changing the rules really did change the game; the second explains that even modest GOP reforms may affect the convention process. The essay on New Hampshire was overtaken by events, and another examines the 1996 GOP primary in that state. Other essays argue that party structures may or may not be important nationally, that national debates do influence voters, and that scrappy intraparty primaries do not harm the winners' chances of victory. The book concludes with a delightful essay on the vice presidential selection process--refreshing, too, because it is free from the usual cluttered tables and graphs that political scientists require to state the sometimes obvious. Not much really new, but a well-written precis for those looking forward to election 2000. Recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates, and faculty. S. L. Harrison; University of Miami

Table of Contents

To Our Childrenp. v
Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 the Modern Politics of Presidential Selection: How Changing the Rules Realty Did Change the Gamep. 1
Appendix: A Note on Measurement Issues and Data Sourcesp. 44
Appendix: A Note on Measurement Issues and Data Sourcesp. 44
Appendix: A Note on Measurement Issues and Data Sourcesp. 51
Chapter 2 New Features of the 2000 Presidential Nominating Process: Republican Reforms, Front-Loading's Second Wind, and Early Votingp. 57
Conclusionp. 82
Appendix: A Note on Measurement Issues and Data Sourcesp. 82
Appendix: A Note on Measurement Issues and Data Sourcesp. 83
Chapter 3 the Changing Face of the New Hampshire Primaryp. 87
Notesp. 134
Chapter 4 the New New Presidential Elitep. 145
Notesp. 175
Chapter 5 the Gender Gap in Presidential Nominationsp. 179
Conclusionp. 198
Notesp. 200
Chapter 6 What Voters Know About the Candidates and How They Learn It: the 1996 New Hampshire Republican Primary as a Case Studyp. 203
Appendix A Content Analysisp. 246
Chapter 7 the Role of Televised Debates in the Presidential Nominating Processp. 255
Conclusionp. 276
Appendix A Content Analysisp. 278
Appendix A Content Analysisp. 280
Chapter 8 from the Primaries to the General Election: Does a Divisive Nomination Race Affect a Candidate's Fortunes in the Fall?p. 285
Notesp. 309
Chapter 9 a Brief History of Vice Presidential Selectionp. 313
Indexp. 379
About the Contributorsp. 387