Electioneering: A Comparative Study of Continuity and Change

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorDavid Butler, Austin Ranney

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Elections in all the world's democracies have changed radically over the past forty years. The advent of television, opinion polls, and campaign consultants has transformed them - but what some see as the `Americanization' of electioneering has happened very differently in different countries. In this book acknowledged local experts explore how far elections have been `Americanized' in ten countries or regions, including the USA, Britain, Japan, and Latin America. Their essays shed new light on the diversity of ways in which democratic choice is made. They also discuss campaigningmethods and debate whether the increasingly sophisticated techniques invoked by politicians to win votes actually make their campaigns more effective. This is a study in comparative government; it is also a pragmatic examination of the most essential element of any democracy - free elections.

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Elections in all the world's democracies have changed radically over the past forty years. The advent of television, opinion polls, and campaign consultants has transformed them - but what some see as the `Americanization' of electioneering has happened very differently in different countries. In this book acknowledged local experts e...

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Elections in all the world's democracies have changed radically over the past forty years. The advent of television, opinion polls, and campaign consultants has transformed the nature of the contests--but what some see as the 'Americanization' of electioneering has happened very differently in different countries. In this book acknowle...

David Butler is at Nuffield College, Oxford. Austin Ranney is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198273752

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`they bring together a variety of insights and interpretations by recognised country experts that make them valuable reading as well. A final appendix, presenting a variety of data in tabular form about the spread of television and about campaign finance, rounds out an informative volume ...a useful volume, both in highlighting the variety of ways in which national political systems have adapted to a common set of technological innovations and possibilities, and in raising important questions for future work.'West European Politics