Campaigns and Elections Text

by John Sides on November 11, 2011 · 2 comments

in Campaigns and elections

Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, and Keena Lipsitz, and I have a newly published text on campaign and elections that might be of interest to some readers.  It’s intended for classroom use and would, I think, be appropriate for advanced high school students or undergraduates.  We tried in the book to do three things.  First, we cover all sorts of campaigns—presidential, congressional, state, local.  Second, although presenting a lot of political science evidence, we also discuss the actual nitty-gritty of campaign strategy from the point of view of consultants and other campaign professionals.  Third, we engage a lot of normative questions about campaigns, including debates over campaign finance, the Electoral College, and other topics.  Accompanying the book are a host of ancillaries, such as group exercises, videos, instructor resources, and the like.

The book is here (Norton) or here (Amazon).  Apologies for the self-promotion!


Monica December 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Would it be appropriate for advanced (300 level) undergraduate courses or is it really for introductory/freshman level? I have received my copy but haven’t had a chance to look through it yet.

John Sides December 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Monica: I think it’s appropriate for advanced undergraduate courses. In fact, that’s what we had in mind when we wrote it, since we assumed that students who took a specialized campaigns and elections course would already have taken an introductory course (e.g., in American politics).

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