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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 and the Future of American Politics
The 2008 elections and the future of American politics

In his classic study of political parties, Maurice Duverger argued that in some democracies there is a clearly dominant party—that is, despite competitive elections a single party is consistently at the center of political power. A party, Duverger wrote, “is dominant when it holds the majority over a long period of political development.” Although a dominant political party may occasionally lose an election, it remains dominant because “it is identified with an epoch” and because “its doctrines, ideas, methods, its style, so to speak, coincide with those of the epoch.” One reason a party dominates is that it is believed to be dominant. “Even the enemies of the ...

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