Is This Any Way to Run a Democratic Election?

7th Edition

Stephen J Wayne

August 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780367336479 - CAT# K432845

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The 2016 and 2018 elections are over, but looking ahead to the 2019-2020 election cycle, the debate over the fairness and accuracy of our electoral process has never been more contentious. Hacking, fake news, a ‘rigged system,’ voter ID challenges, Super PACs, and an Electoral College defying the popular vote count all lead to a common question and concern: Is this any way to run a democratic election?

New to the Seventh Edition

  • New data and timely illustrations from the 2016 and 2018 elections, looking ahead to 2020.
  • The growing importance social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) and its impact, good and bad, on recent campaigns.
  • Foreign interference in the 2016 and 2018 national elections.
  • The integrity of campaign communications - hacking, rumoring, instantaneous news, and the effect of fact-checking.
  • Money: the role of Super PACs and billionaire donors; the impact of campaign spending on the candidates and on election outcomes.
  • New connections between the ‘Did you know that’ chapter introductions to the exercises at the end.
  • More online references in the suggested readings.


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