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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $60.00
  • Forthcoming: June 2019
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-66467-6
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Campaigns and Elections

Third Edition, 2018 Election Update


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Matt Grossmann (Author, Michigan State University), Keena Lipsitz (Author, Queens College, City University of New York), Daron Shaw (Author, University of Texas at Austin), John Sides (Author, George Washington University)


The #1 book—now updated through 2018

Thoroughly and rigorously revised and updated through the 2018 elections by an author team of esteemed teacher-scholars. This text uses a consistent framework to reveal the strategies and choices that face candidates and other practitioners in the American political system.


Thorough analysis of the pivotal 2016 and 2018 elections

The 2016 election was an intense, groundbreaking moment in American politics. And that intensity continued into 2018. These elections pushed political scientists to reassess how campaigns and elections work. As a result, every chapter has been updated with contemporary examples and rich analysis.

Written by engaging authors at the top of their game

Our authors draw on their experience as classroom teachers, researchers, scholars, and campaign strategists. They teach students about the field as it is understood today—by both political scientists and campaign professionals.

Examines all aspects of campaigns and elections in multiple levels of government

Although presidential elections attract the most attention, campaigns and elections influence all levels of American political life. Recognizing this, the authors make sure to show students the diversity of campaigns and the differing perspectives brought by practitioners and academics.

Consistent framework guides student understanding and analysis

To help students make sense of the topics and perspectives covered in the course, Sides et al. develop a simple analytical framework in Chapter 1. The framework is applied consistently throughout the remainder of the book. Students are repeatedly encouraged to consider four key attributes of campaigns and elections.


    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: The American Electoral Process

    Chapter 3: The Transformation of American Campaigns

    Chapter 4: Financing Campaigns

    Chapter 5: Modern Campaign Strategies

    Chapter 6: Political Parties

    Chapter 7: Interest Groups

    Chapter 8: Media

    Chapter 9: Presidential Campaigns

    Chapter 10: Congressional Campaigns

    Chapter 11: State and Local Campaigns

    Chapter 12: Voter Participation

    Chapter 13: Voter Choice

    Chapter 14: Democracy in Action or a Broken System?