Electoral Politics

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Primary Elections and American Politics

Argues that Progressive Era reforms had the counterintuitive effect of weakening political parties and their role in representative government.

Stranger in a Strange State

Examines why some politicians take the drastic step of becoming a carpetbagger and how that shapes their campaigns and chances for victory.

Citizens' Power in Latin America

Examines why some democratic innovations succeed while others fail, using Venezuela, Ecuador, and Chile as case studies.

American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions

Uncovers the politics involved when a city recruits and implements a presidential convention.

Local Party Organizations in the Twenty-First Century

Demonstrates how local political parties have retained a role of critical importance in American politics.

Strategic Decision-Making in Presidential Nominations

Seeks to understand and explain the behavior of party elites during the 2008 Democratic Party presidential race.

Back in the Game

Chronicles changes in American political party behavior between 1996 and 2008.

John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance

Fascinating look at the challenges faced by John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama in their quests to win the presidency.

The Obama Effect

Timely, multidisciplinary analysis of Obama’s presidential campaign, its context, and its impact.

Do Voters Look to the Future?

Argues in favor of a different model of voting behavior.

Old Nations, New Voters

Groundbreaking empirical study of voting by resident aliens in established democracies.

Sharing the Wealth

Documents the ever-larger sums donated by incumbent members of Congress to their parties and other candidates, and discusses the consequences.