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Presidential Debates : The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate - Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Presidential Debates

The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate

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Published: 16th August 1990
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How important are presidential debates today? To answer this question, the authors place modern debates in their cultural and historical context, tracing their origins and development in the American political tradition, from the eighteenth century to the present, and concluding with some thoughtful suggestions for improving their current effectiveness.

"With all their faults, presidential debates remain the best way for most voters to learn about candidates. This book in turn is one of the best ways to learn all the ins and outs about presidential debates."--Newton N. Minow "Presidential Debates should not be ignored....[It] is well researched, well written, and full of interesting ideas."--Columbia Journalism Review "Jamieson and Birdsell are unique in their historical approach to the practice of debate. Their defense of its contributions toward 'creating an informed electorate' is interesting, informative, and well documented."--Perspective "With all their faults, presidential debates remain the best way for most voters to learn about candidates. This book in turn is one of the best ways to learn all the ins and outs about presidential debates."--Newton N. Minow "Presidential Debates should not be ignored....[It] is well researched, well written, and full of interesting ideas."--Columbia Journalism Review "Jamieson and Birdsell are unique in their historical approach to the practice of debate. Their defense of its contributions toward 'creating an informed electorate' is interesting, informative, and well documented."--Perspective

Introductionp. 3
Characteristics of Prebroadcast Debates in Americap. 17
The Contributions of American Debate, 1770-1920p. 39
The Limitations of American Debate, 1770-1920p. 64
The Impact of Broadcasting on Debatesp. 84
The Power of Broadcast Debatesp. 120
The Problems of Broadcast Debatesp. 162
The Promise of Debatesp. 194
Presidential Debates, 1948-1984p. 223
The Law and Presidential Debatesp. 229
Notesp. 231
Referencesp. 241
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780195066609
ISBN-10: 019506660X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 16th August 1990
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.67 x 14.07  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.35