Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms
The Complete Encyclopedia [3 volumes], 2nd Edition
by Robert North Roberts, Scott John Hammond, and Valerie A. Sulfaro
June 2012, 1241pp, 7x10
3 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38092-1
$339, £261, 295€, A465
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Presidential campaigns provide an important barometer of American political attitudes and aspirations. From the early years of the Republic, wherein campaigns for the presidency were detached from the broader electorate, through the emergence of popular national campaigns framed and driven by the methods and needs of the mass media, the race for the presidency encapsulates the broader changes in American democratic culture.

The book provides a comprehensive discussion of the major issues and events surrounding all American presidential elections, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaign of 2008.

Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms: The Complete Encyclopedia is an easy-to-use reference work designed to encourage students and anyone interested in democratic politics to undertake a greater understanding of this complex aspect of American political life.

The three-volume work covers each presidential campaign in depth, examining a large number of related issues ranging from the use of social media in modern presidential campaigns to negative campaign ads and key slogans used in every presidential campaign. Volume One contains entries offering specific and focused information on issues, trends, factors, slogans, strategies, and other more detailed elements of presidential campaigning from the first stirrings of the American democratic process to the first decade of the 21st century. Volumes Two and Three provide chronological accounts of every presidential campaign since the ratification of the Constitution through the campaign of 2008, with Volume Two covering the campaign of 1788–89 to the campaign of 1908, and Volume Three covering the campaign of 1912 to the campaign of 2008.

Robert North Roberts, PhD, is professor of political science at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA. He holds a bachelor's degree, master of public administration, juris doctor degree, and doctorate from Syracuse University. His published works include Praeger's From Watergate to Whitewater: The Public Integrity War; Greenwood's Ethics in U.S. Government: An Encyclopedia Of Investigations, Scandals, Reforms and Legislation; and Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues and Platforms.

Scott John Hammond is professor of political science at James Madison University. Hammond holds a master's degree and doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. He teaches primarily in the field of political theory, and has also taught courses in American government. Hammond's published works include Greenwood's Political Theory: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary and Classic Terms; The Centrality of the Good: Reflections on Politics and Being; and Greenwood's Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms, coauthored with Robert North Roberts. He is coeditor of Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought.

Valerie A. Sulfaro is professor of political science at James Madison University. She holds a master's degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of South Carolina. Sulfaro teaches courses in political behavior, political parties, elections, and research design and statistics. Her work has been published in numerous journals including Political Psychology, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly, as well as in several edited volumes.


2013 Outstanding Academic Title—Choice, January 1, 2013


"This work reminds us that presidential campaigns are fundamentally about the act of persuasion and marketing of easily digestible ideas for public consumption. The encyclopedia also reminds the reader that this has always been true; only the modes of delivery have changed. For these reasons, this work is highly recommended."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

"For persons interested in the American political system, this captivating set presents useful information in all three volumes. . . . This spellbinding three-volume set is hard to set aside. It will be a valuable asset for all university and college reference departments and for researchers. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—Choice, January 1, 2013

"The authors of this set have constructed an easy-to-use, readable encyclopedia that assists students and those seeking to inform themselves in the field of the peaks and pitfalls of a presidential campaign. . . . Overall, this set is a useful addition to high school and public library collections seeking to boost civics materials."—Booklist, November 1, 2012

"A comprehensive research tool for college students and other users who are interested in political history."—Library Journal, September 15, 2012
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