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The Political Process

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Suggested Reading

Bimber, Bruce, and Richard Davis. Campaigning Online: The Internet in U.S. Elections. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.

A thoughtful study of how the Internet affects campaigns.

Faucheux, Ronald A. Running for Office: The Strategies, Techniques, and Messages Modern Political Candidates Need to Win Elections. New York: M. Evans, 2002.

Faucheux’s book aims to provide advice on campaigning to first-time candidates; it’s also useful to students of elections.

Patterson, Thomas E. The Vanishing Voter. New York: Knopf, 2002.

Patterson studies why turnout has dropped in the United States and theorizes about the consequences of low voter turnout on American democracy.

Sabato, Larry J., ed. Overtime! The Election 2000 Thriller. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley Longman, 2001.

A number of political scientists comment on the unusual presidential election of 2000.

Skocpol, Theda. Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2003.

Skocpol examines the trend of citizens drifting away from civic participation.

Useful Websites

http://vote-smart.org

Project Vote Smart offers a great deal of information on voting and elections, from campaign finance to voting records.

www.fairvote.org

The Center for Voting and Democracy provides information on how different election rules affect campaign strategies on this website.

www.fec.gov

The website for the Federal Election Commission, which regulates campaign finance in federal elections.

www.opensecrets.org

The Center for Responsive Politics maintains this site, which contains a wealth of information on campaign finance. It also contains a list of major donors and interest groups.

www.rockthevote.org

MTV’s Rock the Vote is an attempt to get young people to learn about—and participate in—American politics.

www.vanishingvoter.org

The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University runs this site, which provides information on voter participation and tries to encourage people to register and vote.

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