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Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection
First Edition
Controversial Issues in Presidential Selection
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Gary L. Rose - Editor
SUNY series on the Presidency: Contemporary Issues
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Hardcover - 343 pages
Release Date: July 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0747-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0747-9

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Paperback - 343 pages
Release Date: July 1991
ISBN10: 0-7914-0748-9
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-0748-6

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"There is much to like about this book. It addresses a wealth of issues, many having received renewed attention after the 1988 Bush-Dukakis campaign. I especially like the fact that all the contentious questions in the making of the president--including those arising from the primaries and the general election--are covered in this volume. This distinguishes the Rose book from most others. The role of the media, the place of the party convention, campaign finance, and the electoral college are all addressed in this timely volume." -- John K. White, Catholic University of America

"The overall purpose of the book--to select a number of controversial issues in presidential selection and offer arguments on both sides of each issue--is outstanding. This book is truly 'educational,' in that it presents competing arguments and lets the reader make up his own mind." -- Stuart Rothenberg, Editor and Publisher, The Political Report

This book presents an examination of ten major and controversial issues directly affecting the American presidential selection process. These issues are addressed in a point-counterpoint format to promote lively discussion and scholarly debate. The Introduction argues that the modern process of presidential selection has evolved to a point of crisis and that collapse appears imminent, while the Conclusion endorses a proposal that may serve as the first step toward improving the process. The entire process of presidential selection is included here: the nominating phase, the convention phase, and the general election phase.

Gary L. Rose is Associate Professor of Political Science, Sacred Heart University. He sometimes serves as a political analyst for the Bridgeport Telegram and Cable 12 News in Connecticut.


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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: A Presidential Selection Process in Crisis
Gary L. Rose

1. Is the Nominating Process Representative?
Yes--John S. Jackson III
No--Sarah McCally Morehouse

2. Should Convention Delegates be Formally Pledged?
Yes--Robert T. Nakamura
No--Elaine Ciulla Kamarck

3. Should Vice-Presidential Candidates be Selected from the Also-Ran Category?
Yes--John Kenneth White
No--Landis Jones

4. Do the Media Inform?
Yes--John Orman
No--Kant Patel

5. Should Campaign Commercials be Regulated?
Yes--Curtis B. Gans
No--Marion R. Just

6. Is Public Financing a Desirable Policy?
Yes--Herbert E. Alexander
No--Mitch McConnell

7. Should Presidential Debates be Required?
Yes--William Carroll
No--James I. Lengle and Dianne C. Lambert

8. Should the Electoral College be Abolished?
Yes--Lawrence D. Longley
No--Denny Pilant

9. Is On-Site Voter Registration Desirable?
Yes--Peverill Squire
No--David B. Hill

10. Should Political Parties Govern the Presidential Selection Process?
Yes--W. Wayne Shannon
No--Allan J. Cigler

Conclusion
Gary L. Rose

Notes

Suggested Bibliography

Contributors

Index



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