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Larry J. Sabato - Author

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Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections Updated Edition

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections Updated Edition

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Howard R. Ernst Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/12/2018

This new volume contains all the material a reader needs to understand the American election process and its political parties. This complete A-to-Z reference guide covers the people, events, and terms involved in the electoral process. It also provides the history of elections in the United States, focusing primarily on the presidential elections. Appendix material includes the results for every presidential election. Entries include: Absentee voting; Blue states; Campaign ethics; Dark horse candidate; Dirty campaign tricks; Election fraud; Electoral College; Fundraising; Internet voting; League of Women Voters; Populist Party; Recall; Republican Party; Super Tuesday; Voter turnout; Wedge issues; and more.

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Howard R. Ernst Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/12/2018

Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections provides comprehensive coverage of the American election process and its political parties. A complete A-to-Z reference, this intelligent and objective guide covers the people, events, and terms involved in the electoral process. Coverage also includes the history of elections in the United States, focusing primarily on the presidential elections. Helpful features such as engaging black-and-white photographs and illustrations, detailed appendixes, and an index make this concise reference browsable and accessible to the general reader. Entries include: Absentee voting; Blue states; Campaign ethics; Dark-horse candidate; Dirty campaign tricks; Election fraud; Electoral College; Fundraising; Internet voting; League of Women Voters; Lincoln-Douglas debates; Machine politics; Populist Party; Recall; Republican Party; Super Tuesday; Voter turnout; and, Wedge issues.

Barack Obama and the New America The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics

Barack Obama and the New America The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2013

Larry Sabato, one of the leading experts in American politics, has brought together respected journalists and academics from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the 2012 election, and what its development and outcome will mean for the nation moving forward. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines, and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its dramatic conclusion.

Barack Obama and the New America The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics

Barack Obama and the New America The 2012 Election and the Changing Face of Politics

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/01/2013

Larry Sabato, one of the leading experts in American politics, has brought together respected journalists and academics from across the political spectrum to examine every facet of the 2012 election, and what its development and outcome will mean for the nation moving forward. In frank, accessible prose, each author offers insight that goes beyond the headlines, and dives into the underlying forces and shifts that drove the election from its earliest developments to its dramatic conclusion.

Pendulum Swing

Pendulum Swing

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2011

Renowned political analyst Larry J. Sabato once again brings together the nation's most insightful analysts and astute observers of American politics to examine the Pendulum Swing midterm elections of 2010. Pendulum Swing dissects the political momentum that lead to significant Republican gains in the Senate, House, and Governorships. While many political observers offer only a high-level overview of the events and factors that shape the outcome, Dr. Sabato and his team of contributing experts delve into the overlooked details to offer unique analysis from several different angles.

Who Got in the Booth? A Look Back at the 2010 Elections

Who Got in the Booth? A Look Back at the 2010 Elections

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/12/2010

Larry J. Sabato, prominent election scholar and political commentator, and a team of scholars and election experts who are closest to the action, look at the 2010 campaigns and elections and offer fresh insights and trenchant commentary. Who Got in the Booth? takes you inside the most significant events and issues of this election cycle to see what affected the Midterm elections.

The Year of Obama How Barack Obama Won the White House

The Year of Obama How Barack Obama Won the White House

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2009

Best-selling author Larry J. Sabato once again brings together the nation's most perceptive analysts and shrewdest observers of American politics to analyze our most recent election: the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States. This revealing new book by Larry Sabato and his team of experts contains exciting coverage and trenchant commentary on the most stunning election of our time. Peeling back the layers of the political, social, and demographic trends that helped thrust Barack Obama into the Oval Office, the authors of this book toss aside conventional wisdom about 2008 and substitute thoughtful, deeper - and until now, ignored - interpretations of the events and environment that elected our new president. Features - Includes contributed chapters from some of the foremost analysts and scholars who had a front row seat for the campaigns and election, including Justin Sizemore, Rhodes Cook, Alan Abramowitz, Bruce Larson, Michael Toner, Diana Owen, Jeff Gulati, Michael Cornfield, Alex Theodoridis, and Susan MacManus. Each author presents different perspectives on the results, and the resulting mosaic gives readers a comprehensive outlook on the election. - Provides complete and engaging analysis of the most important issues and events leading to Barack Obama's election, including the political environment for Republicans, the impact of federal election law, state and party rules, the conventions, the impact of traditional and new media, and the use of new technologies. The authors avoid trendy, tired, and overused political commentary and instead focus on pragmatic research and analysis with practical applications for the reader. - Features original chapters written by Larry Sabato, a nationally renowned election scholar and commentator. - Connects the reader with additional sources of information and opinion beyond the content of the book. - Offers as much for the classroom as it does for the casual reader. Table of Contents Introduction Larry Sabato 1. Conventions: The Significance of an American Institution Justin Sizemore 2. The Election of Our Lifetime Larry Sabato 3. From Republican Lock to Republican Lockout Rhodes Cook 4. How Obama Won and What It Means Alan Abramowitz 5. The Congressional and Gubernatorial Candidates Bruce Larson 6. The Impact of Federal Election Law in 2008 Michael Toner 7. Media in the 2008 Election: 21st Century Campaign Diana Owen 8. The New Media Environment and the 2008 Election Jeff Gulati 9. New Technology and the 2008 Election Michael Cornfield 10. Did the Rules Decide? Alex Theodoridis Conclusion Susan MacManus About the Author Larry J. Sabato is the founder and director of the Center for Politics and the Robert Kent Gooch professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of more than twenty books including Feeding Frenzy: Attack Journalism & American Politics, The Sixth Year Itch: The Rise and Fall of the George W. Bush Presidency, and A More Perfect Constitution: 23 Proposals to Revitalize our Constitution and Make America A Fairer Country.

The 2008 Elections

The 2008 Elections

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Alan I. Abramowitz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2008

The introduction is written by Larry J. Sabato. Alan Abramowitz - renown scholar and author of five previous books and dozens of articles on elections and political parties - looks back and offers trenchant analysis of everything that made the 2008 elections historic: the political environment (war, economic crisis, administration in turmoil), the nominations, the conventions, the vice-presidential picks, the campaigns, and the results! This brief supplement is designed to fit easily into any course syllabus that the 2008 elections are discussed. It offers accessible and detailed analysis of all aspects of the historic 2008 elections. Alan Abramowitz is an esteemed scholar and expert on elections and political parties. He examines the context in which the elections ensued and how the campaigns started, evolved, and finished.

Midterm Madness The Elections of 2002

Midterm Madness The Elections of 2002

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2003

The midterm contests for the Senate, House of Representatives, and 36 governorships produced drama aplenty in 2002. A tragic plane crash killed a U.S. senator just ten days before the election, casting his state into mourning and political confusion. Another senator, losing in his reelection bid because of corruption, chose to withdraw in mid-campaign. The president's own brother was involved in a knock-down, drag-out campaign for reelection in the state that installed the current White House occupant by a grand total of 537 votes. But more than anything, the 2002 midterm elections featured a titanic struggle between the political parties for control of Congress. Both houses were narrowly divided in the so-called '50-50' America produced by the split 2000 presidential election. Which party, if either, would emerge with the spoils of war? In the end, there was no landslide, but there was a clear victor: the Republicans. And the colossus of 2002 was President George W. Bush, the driving force behind the historic GOP triumph. Firmly securing the House and recapturing the Senate gives Bush an unusual opportunity in American politics - to be stronger in the second half of his term than the first. Through a superb team of academics and journalists led by Dr. Larry J. Sabato, Midterm Madness: The Elections of 2002 analyzes and dissects this fascinating election season.

Midterm Madness The Elections of 2002

Midterm Madness The Elections of 2002

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2003

The midterm contests for the Senate, House of Representatives, and 36 governorships produced drama aplenty in 2002. A tragic plane crash killed a U.S. senator just ten days before the election, casting his state into mourning and political confusion. Another senator, losing in his reelection bid because of corruption, chose to withdraw in mid-campaign. The president's own brother was involved in a knock-down, drag-out campaign for reelection in the state that installed the current White House occupant by a grand total of 537 votes. But more than anything, the 2002 midterm elections featured a titanic struggle between the political parties for control of Congress. Both houses were narrowly divided in the so-called 50-50 America produced by the split 2000 presidential election. Which party, if either, would emerge with the spoils of war? In the end, there was no landslide, but there was a clear victor: the Republicans. And the colossus of 2002 was President George W. Bush, the driving force behind the historic GOP triumph. Firmly securing the House and recapturing the Senate gives Bush an unusual opportunity in American politics - to be stronger in the second half of his term than the first. Through a superb team of academics and journalists led by Dr. Larry J. Sabato, Midterm Madness: The Elections of 2002 analyzes and dissects this fascinating election season.

The Party's Just Begun Shaping Political Parties for America's Future

The Party's Just Begun Shaping Political Parties for America's Future

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Bruce Larson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2001

Maintaining the first edition's theme and positive view of the usefulness of the American party system, the Second Edition contains all new data and substantially revised analyses. The long-awaited revision of Larry Sabato's classic work on political parties in the United States, The Party's Just Begun has been brought completely up-to-date and features a new co-author, Bruce Larson. A work of original research, the first edition showcased the surprisingly favorable view most Americans held about the two major political parties, and offered guidelines on how we might continue to strengthen the parties for the sake of our political system.

Peepshow Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal

Peepshow Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Mark Stencel, Robert S. Lichter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2001

The line dividing public life and private behavior in American politics is more blurred than ever. When it comes to questions about sex, substance abuse, and family life, anything goes on the political desk in many newsrooms, including uncorroborated hearsay disguised as news. Peepshow looks behind the scenes at news coverage of political scandals, analyzing what gets reported, what doesn't, and why. The authors talk with top news editors to get a fix on what will make the evening news and what we're likely to read about in the next campaign season.

Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America

Dangerous Democracy? The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America

Author: Larry J. Sabato Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2001

Direct democracy is alive and growing in the form of statewide ballot initiatives. Currently, twenty-four states allow individuals and groups to propose laws for direct voter consideration and tens of millions of dollars flow into the initiative industrial complex each election cycle. This book assesses the health of the initiative process through the insights of the leading initiative scholars, top journalists, and important political consultants from across the country. The book provides a critical and balanced look into a political mechanism that is having a profound influence on American politics.

Peepshow Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal

Peepshow Media and Politics in an Age of Scandal

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Mark Stencel, S. Robert Lichter Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2000

The line dividing public life and private behavior in American politics is more blurred than ever. When it comes to questions about sex, substance abuse and family life, anything goes on the political desk in many newsrooms, including uncorroborated hearsay disguised as news. But some stories still never make it into print or on the air. What are the rules for politicians and journalists in the aftermath of WashingtonOs biggest sex scandal? Peepshow looks behind the scenes at news coverage of political scandals, analyzing what gets reported, what doesnOt, and why. The authors talk with top news editors to get a fix on what will make the evening news and what weOre likely to read about in the next campaign season. The costs of todayOs politics-by-scandal are mounting, with disaffected voters, discouraged candidates, and a news corps distracted from policy issues and substantive debate. But the forces driving Oattack journalismO have as much to do with voters and candidates as they do with what the press is organized to report. Peepshow offers an alternative view of the prurient side of election coverage, helping newsroom decision-makers and campaign managers see through the inevitable scandals of election year 2000 and gain insight into presenting a politics of public trust. CASE STUDIES include: _ South Carolina Governor David BeasleyOs denial of an unsubstantiated extramarital affair; _ Georgia gubernatorial candidate Mike Bowers' admitted affair with his secretary; _ Reporting on rumors sparked by Texas Governor George W. BushOs admission that he was once Oyoung and irresponsible;O _ Congressional affairs involving Representatives Barr, Burton, Chenoweth, Hyde and Livingston; _ The divorces of Bob Dole and John McCain; _ The outing of Arizona Rep. Jim KolbeOs and the sexuality of other members of Congress and candidates; _ Mississippi Governor Kirk FordiceOs off-again, on-again divorce; _ Coverage of Colorado Governor Roy RomerOs OaffectionateO relationship with a top aide and adviser. _ Speaker Newt GingrichOs relationship with a Hill committee aide; _ Coverage of once and possible first ladies and the children of political figures, including Chelsea Clinton and Sarah Gore; _ Reporting on unfounded rumors about Representative Bill PaxonOs retirement.

When Should the Watchdogs Bark? Media Coverage of the Clinton Scandals

When Should the Watchdogs Bark? Media Coverage of the Clinton Scandals

Author: Larry J. Sabato, Robert S. Lichter Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1994

What were the differences between the three scandals that shook the Clinton administration in the winter of 1993-94? What issues of character and competence were at stake in the allegations brought against the President in the course of the Whitewater hearings, by the troopers who served as his personal bodyguards when he was governor, and in the sexual harassment suit pursued by Paula Corbin Jones? What accounts for the reaction of the mainstream news media and the differences in the coverage of these three scandals? Dr. Robert Lichter of the Center for Media and Public Affairs and Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia, answer these questions in this thorough and well-researched book. The result of numerous interviews and extensive analysis of mainstream news coverage, in both print and on television, When Should the Watchdogs Bark? offers compelling explanations for the behavior of the news media during these three scandals. Lichter and Sabato argue that the mainstream media was more willing to pursue the Whitewater story because of its resemblance to more traditionally reported upon forms of political corruption.

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