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One of the first texts to make use of the 2008 National Election Study results, this new edition of Change and Continuity will put the momentous recent elections into historical context for your students.

Questions considered include: What were the impact of race and gender in this election cycle? How did fundraising during the invisible primary shape the nomination contest? To what extent did youth participation determine the outcome of the election? What effect did new media have on the campaign and voter turnout? What role did the economic crisis play in voters choices? Was 2008 a year for partisan realignment of the electorate?

This well-respected author team delves deeply into each area, armed with an array of thorough, yet student-friendly data, graphics, and figures. As with all books in the Change and Continuity series, the authors present election data from a variety of sources in a straightforward, accessible manner and make sure to incorporate and discuss the most recent research.

The 2008 Elections in Perspective
The 2008 elections in perspective

A careful analysis of voting patterns provides the information needed to speculate about future elections. Political leaders have always wanted advice about the future, and there were usually people willing to provide it. Few have fared as well as Themistocles, the Greek commander who correctly interpreted the cryptic advice of the Delphic oracle that the Greeks would be saved by a “wooden wall” and who defeated the Persians at the naval battle of Salamis (460 B.C.). Few have fared as badly as King Saul, who, even after the woman at En-dor raised the prophet Samuel from the grave, was told by Samuel that he faced certain defeat by the Philistines (1 Samuel 28: 7–20).

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