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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.

Campaign Press Coverage—Instantaneous
Campaign press coverage—Instantaneous
JosephGraf and Jeremy D.Mayer

At 9 a.m. local time, June 10, 2011, the state of Alaska released five boxes with 24,000 printed e-mails sent while Sarah Palin was governor from 2006 to 2009. The e-mails were released after requests from media outlets under Alaska's open records law, a typical and even mundane exercise undertaken by political journalists. They use such laws to pry loose documents from the government. There was also nothing unusual about these e-mails being released long after Senator John McCain tapped Palin as his presidential running mate in 2008, and nearly two years after she left office in Alaska. This is all fairly typical.

What was extraordinary was the extent of the coverage, the speed at which it ...

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