This new edition provides the latest on controversies surrounding the presidential selection process. The text is two-thirds new material, with new articles by John F. Bibby, Robert D. Brown, Emmett H. Buell, Jr. , M. Margaret Conway, Thomas E. Cronin, Doris Graber, Jon F. Hale, Everett Ladd, Robert D. Loevy, Theodore Lowi, Wayne Parent, Frank J. Sorauf, and Herbert Weisberg, and revised articles from many of the contributors to the first edition.
The book is designed to stimulate lively debate and critical thinking about the modern process of presidential selection. Eleven issues that impact directly on the selection of the president of the United States are examined in a scholarly and argumentative format. Essays pro and con on each issue educate students in the dynamics of presidential selection and help them evaluate competing perspectives on today's pressing issues.
The controversial issues examined span the various phases of the selection process, including the nominating system, the nominating convention, and the general election campaign. New issues covered for this edition include whether a third major party in U. S. politics is likely or needed.
Gary L. Rose is Associate Professor of Political Science at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
"This important work presents sharp debates among an impressive group of contributors about presidential primaries, political money, party decline, and media excesses, as well as old issues like the electoral college—all in a manner that reinforces the view of editor Gary Rose that the electoral system is indeed in crisis. A fine introduction to the questionable presidential selection processes that will torment us again in 1996. " — James MacGregor Burns, Williams College
"Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection presents informative essays by experts giving both sides of the question on practically all the critical issues now facing the presidential selection process—in many ways the key to the future of American democracy. Surprisingly, its cumulative effect is a profound call for revival and reform of that battered institution, the political party. This book will be read with pleasure and profit by both specialists and general readers. " — A. James Reichley, author of The Life of the Parties
"A lively book! A thoughtful one also. I particularly like the clarity and focus of the point-counterpoint format in presenting the different perspectives. The issues chosen for examination are the major ones, and the contributors are consistently first rate. The collection provides a strong context for assessing a process in crisis. " — William Crotty, Northwestern University