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What are Campaigns For?: The Role of Persuasion in Electoral Law and Politics

James A. Gardner


Election campaigns ought to be serious occasions in the life of a democratic polity—or so we profess to believe. Americans, however, are haunted by the fear that their election campaigns fall far short of the ideal to which they aspire. The typical modern American election campaign seems crass, shallow, and unengaging. The arena of our democratic politics lies in an uncomfortable chasm between our political ideals and everyday reality. This book examines the role of legal institutions in constituting the disjunction between political ideal and reality. The book explores the contemporary Americ ... More

Keywords: democracy, elections, campaigns, politics, citizenship, self-governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195392616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392616.001.0001


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James A. Gardner, author