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Routledge Research in American Politics and Governance


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Interest Group Design: The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause

Interest Group Design: The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Marcie L. Reynolds
June 27, 2019

In Interest Group Design, Marcie L. Reynolds examines the evolution of Common Cause, the first national government reform lobby. Founded in 1970 by John W. Gardner, the organization gained influence with Congress and established an organizational culture that lasted several decades. External and...

Removal of the Property Qualification for Voting in the United States: Strategy and Suffrage

Removal of the Property Qualification for Voting in the United States: Strategy and Suffrage

1st Edition

Justin Moeller, Ronald F. King
August 14, 2018

In Colonial America, democracy was centered in provincial assemblies and based on the collection of neighbors whose freehold ownership made them permanent stakeholders in the community. The removal of the property qualification for voting in the United States occurred over three-quarters of a...

Public Debt and the Common Good: Philosophical and Institutional Implications of Fiscal Imbalance

Public Debt and the Common Good: Philosophical and Institutional Implications of Fiscal Imbalance

1st Edition

James Odom
July 19, 2018

The American national debt stands at $20.49 trillion as of January 2018, or roughly $63,000 for every person in the United States. The national debt has grown six-fold in the past 25 years, and borrowing only has accelerated in recent administrations. What are the factors driving such unrestrained...

Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution

Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process: Front-Loading's Consequences and the National Primary Solution

1st Edition

Lisa K. Parshall
June 14, 2018

The 2020 presidential selection process is already underway. As the political parties finalize their nominating rules and the states jostle for an advantageous contest date, potential challengers are being identified and sized up by party insiders. Once again, media and popular attention will be...

Congressional Communication in the Digital Age

Congressional Communication in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Jocelyn Evans, Jessica M. Hayden
July 11, 2017

Communication defines political representation. At the core of the representational relationship lies the interaction between principal and agent; the quality of this relationship is predicated upon the accessibility of effective channels of communication between the constituent and representative....

White Voters in 21st Century America

White Voters in 21st Century America

1st Edition

George Hawley
April 13, 2017

The United States is experiencing remarkable demographic changes that are having an important impact on the American electorate. As the minority share of the voting-eligible population continues to grow, the political clout of non-Hispanic whites will further decline. The 2012 election demonstrated...

The Social Process of Lobbying: Cooperation or Collusion?

The Social Process of Lobbying: Cooperation or Collusion?

1st Edition

John C. Scott
November 18, 2016

Despite a wealth of theorizing and research about each concept, lobbying and norms still raise a number of interesting issues. Why do lobbyists and politicians engage in cooperative behavior? How does cooperative behavior in lobbying affect policy making? If democratic participation is good, why do...

Candidate Character Traits in Presidential Elections

Candidate Character Traits in Presidential Elections

1st Edition

David B. Holian, Charles L. Prysby
November 16, 2016

Voter perceptions of the personal traits of presidential candidates are widely regarded to be important influences on the vote. Media pundits frequently explain the outcome of presidential elections in terms of the personal appeal of the candidates. Despite the emphasis on presidential character...

Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House

Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House

1st Edition

Michael Patrick Cullinane, Clare Frances Elliott
May 26, 2016

In 2011 Barack Obama invited ten distinguished biographers to the White House to ask them one question: which past American president should I emulate? This was not the first time Obama asked scholars this, but the answer he received would differ as presidential legacies waxed and waned. In 2008...

Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out”

Resisting Injustice and the Feminist Ethics of Care in the Age of Obama: “Suddenly,…All the Truth Was Coming Out”

1st Edition

David A.J. Richards
October 06, 2015

David A. J. Richards’s Resisting Injustice and The Feminist Ethics of Care in The Age of Obama: "Suddenly,…All The Truth Was Coming Out" builds on his and Carol Gilligan’s The Deepening Darkness to examine the roots of the resistance movements of the 1960s, the political psychology behind...

Competitive Elections and Democracy in America: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Competitive Elections and Democracy in America: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

1st Edition

Heather K. Evans
September 29, 2015

Competition seems to be an inevitable part of present-day elections in the United States. However, recent publications have debated whether we should encourage or discourage competitive elections. In Competitive Elections and Democracy in America, Heather Evans closely examines the debate over...

Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States: Representation at the Intersections

Gender, Race, and Office Holding in the United States: Representation at the Intersections

1st Edition

Becki Scola
September 29, 2015

Over the past several decades, the number of women elected to higher office in the United States has grown substantially. However, when the electoral gains of women are considered on a state-by-state basis, there are observable variations in the rate by state at which women are elected to state...

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