How much money can a candidate for political office legally collect, and from what sources? What can and can't be said in campaign ads? Who determines the process of redistricting, and what is the overall effect on U.S. democracy? Law and Election Politics analyzes the rules of the electoral game, helping readers to understand how politics influences and is influenced by electoral laws and court rulings. The authors address the most important, and sometimes controversial, decisions that the courts have made on campaign finance, political parties, issue advocacy, voting, campaigning, redistricting, and judicial elections. The result is an engaging and accessible study of how election laws and politics intertwine.
Matthew J. Streb is assistant professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University. He is author of The New Electoral Politics of Race.
Linking Election Law and Electoral Politics, M.J. Streb. Parties and Primaries: The First Electoral Round, K. Kanthak and J. Williams. Power of Electoral Laws and Institutions, M.R. Hershey. Campaign Finance: Reform, Representation, and the First Amendment, V.A. Farrar-Myers. Issue Advocacy Electioneering: The Role of Money and Organized Interests, A.J. Cigler. Media Coverage: The Local Effects of Deregulation, B.F. Schaffner. The Internet: Democracy Goes Online, L.E. Goodman. Defining Voter's Rights: Equal Protection and the Impact of Bush v. Gore, E. Gerstmann. The Voting Rights Act: Addressing Age-Old Barriers in a New Milieu, A. Brown. Redistricting: Racial and Partisan Considerations, C.S. Bullock, III. A Different Standard for the Rulemakers?, M.J. Streb.