newgen books for YA readers rebus 30th anniversary
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Political Mischief Smear, Sabotage and Reform in U.S. Elections by Bruce L. Felknor

Political Mischief Smear, Sabotage and Reform in U.S. Elections


Political Mischief Smear, Sabotage and Reform in U.S. Elections by Bruce L. Felknor

An old pro on political mischief in the United States gives us an overview of U.S. campaign tactics and ethics from eighteenth-century pamphleteers to campaign consultants and media wizards in the 1990s. Bruce Felknor analyzes negative campaigning today within the context of the evolution of our electoral system. He offers a candid report on the media's influence on politics and shows how political reforms from the Progressive Era to Watergate have often misfired. Students of government and communications, political consultants and professional politicians, and all readers who want to vote more intelligently will find this analysis incisive and the long-forgotten, little-known, and never-told chapters of political lore written in an engaging fashion. This in-depth history of political mischief in American elections is told in three ways. First it examines the surrounding context of the electoral system and the shifting role of political parties as campaign consultants and media experts emerged. Next it examines and analyzes the basic elements of campaign defamation and deception and the problems of espionage and sabotage. Finally it considers political reform and concludes with reflections on the prospects of future reforms.

About the Author

BRUCE L. FELKNOR is a well-known expert on election practices, the author of Dirty Politics, co-author of Political Dynamiting, and editor of The U.S. Government: How and Why It Works. He is the author of several other books and many articles on unfair electioneering. Felknor served as Executive Director of the Fair Campaign Practices Committee, Inc., from the mid-1950s to the 1960s and was Executive Editor for years of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

16th April 1992


Bruce L. Felknor

More books by Bruce L. Felknor
Author 'Like for Like'


Praeger Publishers Inc an imprint of ABC-CLIO


312 pages


Elections & referenda



I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton

What can I say, the clue is in the title Lovereading - and awesome books.

Sarah Davis

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

I love that Lovereading handpicks very special debut reads.

Magda North