What does it take to get elected president of the United States—'leader of the free world'? This book gives readers insight into the major issues and events surrounding American presidential elections across more than two centuries, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaigns of the 21st century.
The race for the presidency encapsulates the broader changes in American democratic culture. This book provides insight into the major issues and events surrounding American presidential elections across more than two centuries, from the earliest years of the Republic through the campaigns of the 21st century. Readers will be able to see and understand how presidential campaigns have evolved over time, and how and why the current state of campaigning for president came into being.
- Introduces readers to the how and why of every American presidential election in history through plain-English analyses written by national scholars of American politics
- Presents a chronological account of presidential campaigns that showcases the key personalities, issues, and campaign themes as they emerged in American political history
- Examines recent presidential elections of the 21st century in detail
- Decodes confusing campaign jargon and political insider terminology, especially for the ever-changing campaigns of the 21st century
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.
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.
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.
Reviews"Both the topical and historical sections of this consistently objective and analytical encyclopedia-cum-history will reward readers who want to understand recurring and one-off phenomena in electoral history. The concluding chapter’s dispassionate look at the early part of the 2016 race contrasts nicely with the predictably biased coverage of some cable TV networks."—Booklist, July 20, 2016