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American Political Parties and Elections


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1 The context of American elections and political parties 2 A brief history of American political parties 3 Party organizations: What do they look like? What do they do? 4 Who are Republicans? Who are Democrats? Who are the "others"? 5 Presidential elections: Nominating campaigns and general elections 6 Subnational nominations and elections 7 Far from the perfect democracy Notes Further reading Index

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L. Sandy Maisel is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Government at Colby College. From 2003 to 2012, he was Director of the Goldfarb Center of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College. A former candidate for Congress, Maisel is the author or editor of 15 books on political parties and elections, including including Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process, Two Parties or More? and The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns. He is also a frequent commentator on contemporary politics.


"...the section in this book about the Electoral College should be required reading for all citizens." - Ray Smock, Director of the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

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