Key topics are addressed through a series of timed lessons, each lasting at least 1 hour. The teacher notes establish the aims and descirbe the process of the lesson. They also identlfy the materials for students, which take the form of photocopiable information sheets and extracts from Politics Review. The lessons conclude with extension work for developing knowledge and exam skills, together with answer notes.
Edward Ashbee is an associate professor in the Center for the Study of the Americas at Copenhagen Business School. His publications inlcude studies of political parties and electoral trends as weel as US Politics Today (Manchester University Press). He is a regular contributor to Politics Review.
Introduction topic 1 Elections and voting 1 Federal elections and their characteristics 2 The franchise: who can vote? 3 Turnout and non-voting 4 Presidential elections: the 'invisible primary' 5 Presidential elections: primaries and caucuses (1) 6 Presidential elections: primaries and caucuses (2) 7 Presidential elections: the national party conventions 8 Presidential elections: choosing a 'running mate' 9 Partisanship: gender 10 Partisanship: income and region 11 Dealignment and split-ticket voting 12 The nature of public opinion 13 Presidential elections: campaign issues 14 Presidential elections: the role of the media and televised debates 15 The role of finance and campaign finance reform 16 Presidential elections: the Electoral College 17 Congressional elections 18 Initiatives and propositions topic 2 Political parties 1 The parties as coalitions 2 Ideologies and organisation 3 The minor parties 4 Barriers facing minor parties 5 A two-party system? 6 The party decline thesis 7 The party renewal thesis 8 Assessing the parties topic 3 Pressure groups 1 Types of pressure group 2 Tactics and methods 3 The role and significance of political action committees 4 The impact of pressure groups 5 Constraints on pressure group influence 6 Pressure groups and democracy topic 4 Racial and ethnic politics 1 A diverse society 2 Minority politics 3 Groups and issues