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The evolution of the modern political campaign has taken us from television sets in the living room to wireless new media in the hands of voters. Reaching voters with targeted messages, candidates increasingly rely on consumer-driven techniques. What works at the national level can be tailored to work even more effectively at the individual level. Future campaigns will continue to make use of recent innovations like meet-ups, blogs and Internet polling. Newer tactics such as fundraising on the web and get-out-the vote drives with micro-targeting via Blackberrys and PDAs are changing the way candidates advertise, ask for money, interact with the media, co-ordinate with their party organizations and make the most of interest group support. What, then, are the implications for the democratic process and governance? To help students make sense of how and why campaigns are changing, well-respected scholars and practitioners keep their focus on the horizon of campaigning and offer a cutting-edge look at what to expect in the 2008 elections and beyond.

Women and Campaigns—Growing Female Activism from the Grass Roots to the Top
Women and campaigns—Growing female activism from the grass roots to the top
Susan A.MacManus with the assistance of ReneeDabbs and Mary L.Moss

What do Democrats Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi have in common with Republicans Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann? They have all ascended to very powerful positions in the world of national politics, making them role models for aspiring female candidates running for national, state, and local offices. Each of these pathbreaking women has benefitted from the growing political activism of like-minded females—voters, grassroots-level party activists, campaign strategists and managers, and media consultants and media professionals. But because of their gender, each has been subjected to what, at times, appears to be an overemphasis ...

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