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Examines the election process, both fair and unfair campaign practices, and prospects for reform.
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Gr 7-10-Kowalski's examination of the contemporary American political scene opens with general background about statutory requirements for candidacy and historical information about the development and growth of political parties. The author then discusses how media distortions, the growth of negative advertising, and the explosion of special-interest money in campaign financing have contributed to cynicism and alienation among voters. She concludes with synopses of current proposals to address election problems and encourages young people to become involved in promoting reforms. The text is generally objective, criticizing parties, the media, and special interests from across the political spectrum. Average-quality, black-and-white and full-color photos supplement the text. Although this book provides accurate information, it will not draw a large audience. Kowalski's frequent use of contemporary examples and coverage of current reform proposals will date the book quickly, and the writing is often dry and uninvolving. Much of the material presented has been exhaustively covered in both the electronic and print news media as well as in numerous extant titles such as Tom Modl's America's Elections (Greenhaven, 1988; o.p.). Isobel Morin's Politics, American Style (21st Century, 1999) provides better historical coverage of the development of our political system. A supplemental report purchase, at best.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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Book Description Lerner Pub Group, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0822526301
Book Description Lerner Publications, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0822526301
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