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For Better or Worse?
How Political Consultants are Changing Elections in the United States
For Better or Worse?
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David A. Dulio - Author
Price: $71.50 
Hardcover - 306 pages
Release Date: March 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6043-6
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6043-6

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Paperback - 306 pages
Release Date: March 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6044-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6044-3

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Investigates the effects of political consultants on American democracy.

For Better or Worse?
offers a fresh look at how professional campaign consultants have both positive and negative effects on democracy in the United States. Questioning much of the prevailing conventional wisdom, David A. Dulio employs a unique set of data that empirically examines consultants' own attitudes and beliefs to evaluate where they stand in modern democratic elections. Furthermore, he explores their relationships with candidates, voters, political parties, and the media, revealing that political consultants play an integral role in U.S. elections.

"Dulio gives us a good view of consultants as professionals within a realistic context of parties, groups, and candidates. This accessible book is an important contribution to an understudied element of American and comparative politics." — Burdett A. Loomis, coeditor of Interest Group Politics

"This volume offers new and important insights into who consultants are, their political views and motives, and their opinions of candidates, voters, and the media. Dulio provides the best data yet on this subject." — Paul S. Herrnson, author of Congressional Elections: Campaigning at Home and Washington

David A. Dulio is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oakland University. He is the coeditor (with James A. Thurber and Candice J. Nelson) of Crowded Airwaves: Campaign Advertising in Elections and (with Candice J. Nelson and Stephen K. Medvic) of Shades of Gray: Perspectives on Campaign Ethics.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Preface

1. Introduction

2. Consultants Enter the Electioneering Mix

3. Who are these Guys Anyway?

4. Electoral Connections: Consultants, Candidates, Voters, and the Press

5. Party Favors?: Have Consultants Replaced Political Parties?

6. Consultants' Effects on Candidate Fund-raising and Electoral Success

7. For Better or Worse--What Hath the Consultants Wrought?

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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