Negative Campaigning: An Analysis of U. S. Senate Elections (Campaigning American Style)

Negative Campaigning: An Analysis of U. S. Senate Elections (Campaigning American Style)

by RichardR.Lau (Author)


Just in time for an assessment of election 2004, two distinguished political scientists bring us a sophisticated analysis of negative campaigns for the Senate from 1992 to 2002. The results of their study are surprising and challenge conventional wisdom: negative campaigning has dominated relatively few elections over the past dozen years, there is little evidence that it has had a deleterious effect on our political system, and it is not a particularly effective campaign strategy. These analyses bring novel empirical techniques to the study of basic normative questions of democratic theory and practice.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Edition: illustrated edition
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Published: 28 Jun 2004

ISBN 10: 0742527328
ISBN 13: 9780742527324

Media Reviews
A timely analysisssss Bookwatch This work is a valuable addition to the research on negative campaigning. It is also a valuable addition to research into the effects of a host of more traditional factors on the outcome of elections and voting behavior. The use of an extended data set on Senate elections and survey data on voter behavior/attitudes provides a worthwhile addition to research in those areas. Negative Campaigning is thought provoking and would be an excellent supplemental reader for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in courses on campaigning, voter behavior, and democratic theory. Indeed, it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the forces that shape the American electoral landscape. Perspectives on Politics Negative Campaigning is a timely and important book written by two leading political scientists. Using sound evidence and much good sense, these scholars have truly advanced our understanding of attack politics in Senate elections. Political observers of all stripes should, after reading this book, be less worried about the pernicious effects of negativity on our political system. There is far too much negativity about negativity and this book provides a much-needed corrective to such views. -- John G. Geer, Vanderbilt University A timely analysis Bookwatch
Author Bio
Richard R. Lau is professor of political science and director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Study of Elections, Campaigns, and Democracy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He is also a member of the Institute of Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers. Gerald M. Pomper is Board of Governors Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Rutgers University and the Eagleton Institute of Politics in New Brunswick.