Primary Politics

Author: Elaine C. Kamarck
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 0815727763
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The 2016 presidential primaries are on the horizon and this new edition of Elaine Kamarck’s Primary Politics will be there to help make sense of them. Updated to include the 2012 election, it will once again be the guide to understanding the modern nominating system and some of its arcana, including the “robot rule.” In Primary Politics, political insider Elaine Kamarck explains how the presidential nomination process became the often baffling system we have today. Her focus is the largely untold story of how presidential candidates since the early 1970s have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change. She describes how candidates have sought to manipulate the sequencing of primaries to their advantage and how Iowa and New Hampshire came to dominate the system. She analyzes the rules that are used to translate votes into delegates, paying special attention to the Democrats' twenty-year fight over proportional representation. Drawing on meticulous research, interviews with key figures in both parties, and years of experience, this book explores one of the most important questions in American politics -- how we narrow the list of presidential candidates every four years.

Primary politics

Author: Elaine Ciulla Kamarck
Publisher: Brookings Inst Pr
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"Explores one of the most important questions in American politics--how we narrow the list of presidential candidates every four years. Focuses on how presidential candidates have sought to alter the rules in their favor and how their failures and successes have led to even more change"--Provided by publisher.

Primary Politics

Author: Charles Brereton
ISBN: 9781931807173
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This softcover book provides insights, history, analysis, anecdotes and first-person recollections which will give reporters and others with an interest in the 2004 election a better grasp of what is decided in a small state that exerts such a great force on every presidential election. "Primary Politics" serves as a guidebook to an antiquated but still functioning electoral event where, believe it or not, candidates still sit down and talk with real voters.

Primary Colors

Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307559234
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A brilliant and penetrating look behind the scenes of modern American politics, Primary Colors is a funny, wise, and dramatic story with characters and events that resemble some familiar, real-life figures. When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration, and amazement, as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency. From the Hardcover edition.

Nonpartisan Primary Election Reform

Author: R. Michael Alvarez
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107068835
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Examines California's first use of the 'top-two' primary system in 2012 from a variety of perspectives, using several different methodologies.

Stormy Weather

Author: D. Scala
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1403976767
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In the coming presidential primaries, no state is as important in setting the stage - or affecting the odds - as New Hampshire. This small, mountainous, proudly distinctive state holds the first primary and the results, both real and in comparison to expectations, can greatly influence the competition for the highest office in the land. Candidates who do well can create momentum and gain support, while those who do worse than expected can be counted out. Scala explains the distinctiveness of New Hampshire politics and how the candidates create strategies to appeal to the state's voters. New Hampshire's sympathy for reformist candidates has the paradoxical affect of jumpstarting the campaigns of those candidates least representative of Democratic voters nationally. The implications for Democratic chances to win the presidency in 2004 are discussed.

Getting Primaried

Author: Robert G Boatright
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 0472118706
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The recent rise of “primarying” corresponds to the rise of national fundraising bases and new types of partisan organizations supporting candidates around the country

An Appeal for Rectitude in Primary Politics Classic Reprint

Author: Charles Wright
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9780666081155
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Excerpt from An Appeal for Rectitude in Primary Politics To the Editor of The Republican: Our district has acquired the bad dis tinction of the bolting district. Five elections of the six held Since it was formed, have been grossly dishonorable in their events, both to leading individ nais and to portions of the people; only one has been without a bolt and a turmoil. Two of the bolts were provoked by rank injustice. Three of them were unprovoked, selfish and shameful; and were marked by alliances with our political enemies. Such a bolt, is the one we have just experienced; and Jarvis Rockwell, Esq., has triumphed by it. He is a lawyer in Hinsdale. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The First Primary

Author: David W. Moore
Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press
ISBN: 1611687993
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Since 1952, the primary election in a small, not very diverse New England state has had a disproportionate impact on the U.S. presidential nomination process and the ensuing general election. Although just a handful of delegates are at stake, the New Hampshire primary has become a massive media event and a reasonably reliable predictor of a campaign's ultimate success or failure. In The First Primary, Moore and Smith offer a comprehensive history of the state's primary, an analysis of its media coverage and impact, and a description of the New Hampshire electorate, along with a discussion of how that electorate reflects or diverges from national opinions on candidates and issues. A book for political scientists and political junkies, media and policy professionals, and all students of American government, The First Primary ably fills the gaps in our understanding of New Hampshire's outsize role in the nomination process.

The Imperfect Primary

Author: Barbara Norrander
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317553314
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The complex and ever-changing rules governing American presidential nomination contests are continuously up for criticism, but there is little to no consensus on exactly what the problems are, or on how to fix them. The evolving system is hardly rational because it was never carefully planned. So how are we to make sense of the myriad complexities in the primary process, how it affects the general election, and calls for change? In this thoroughly updated second edition of The Imperfect Primary, political scientist Barbara Norrander explores how presidential candidates are nominated, how that process bridges to the general election campaign, discusses past and current proposals for reform, and examines the possibility for more practical, incremental changes to the electoral rules. Norrander reminds us to be careful what we wish for—reforming the presidential nomination process is as complex as the current system. Through the modelling of empirical research to demonstrate how questions of biases can be systematically addressed, students can better see the advantages, disadvantages, and potential for unintended consequences in a whole host of reform proposals. The second edition includes an entirely new chapter on the connections between the primary and general election phases of presidential selection. The entire book has been revised to reflect the 2012 presidential primaries and election.