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Understanding South Africa (Paperback): Carien du Plessis Understanding South Africa (Paperback)
Carien du Plessis 1
R260 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is the go-to guide for confused South Africans and all those seeking an informed, balanced and up-to-date analysis of South African politics and society in the Ramaphosa era.

When Nelson Mandela emerged from decades in jail to preach reconciliation, South Africans appeared to many as a people reborn as the Rainbow Nation. Yet, a quarter of a century later, the country sank into bitter recriminations and rampant corruption under Jacob Zuma. Why did this happen, and how was hope betrayed? President Cyril Ramaphosa, hoping to heal these wounds, was re-elected in May 2019 with the ANC hoping to claw back support lost to the opposition in the Zuma era. This book analyses this election, shedding light on voters’ choices.

With chapters on all the major issues at stake – from education to land redistribution – Understanding South Africa offers insights into Africa’s largest and most diversified economy, closely tied to its neighbours’ fortunes.

What Happened (Hardcover): Hillary Rodham Clinton What Happened (Hardcover)
Hillary Rodham Clinton 11
R580 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R200 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the first time, Hillary Clinton reveals what she was thinking during one of the most controversial and unpredictable United States of America presidential elections in history.

In an intimate voice now free from the constraints of politics, Hillary tells the story of what it was like to be the first woman nominated for president in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, kooky theatrics, Russian interference, a maddening inattention to serious issues, deplorable (yes, deplorable) bigotry, and an opponent who broke all the rules. In these pages, Hillary describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and what the experience has taught her about life. With humour and candour, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet—the rituals, the relationships, and occasional yelling at the television.

She also addresses the challenges of being a strong woman in public life, the criticism over her voice, age, and body, and how all women in politics confront a double standard whenever they express anger or ambition. Drawing upon the inspirational quotations she has collected for decades, she shows us how she became strong in the first place, how to find your core truths, and how to keep going in the face of adversity. In that sense, her book is a guide not just for how to persist in politics but also how to win in the real contest of life.

Hillary Clinton lost an election but she remains unbroken and undefeated. This memoir is for the millions of people around the world who want to understand what really happened in 2016, how to make sense of it, and how we all can keep going.

Who Will Rule In 2019? (Paperback): Jan-Jan Joubert Who Will Rule In 2019? (Paperback)
Jan-Jan Joubert
R483 R414 Discovery Miles 4 140 Save R69 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The ANC received a bloody nose in the 2016 local elections, when it lost three major metros to the opposition. Will the fractured ruling party be able to reunite under Cyril Ramaphosa and gain a majority at the polls in 2019? Or could the DA and the EFF overcome their vast ideological divide to oust the ANC?

The South African political landscape has changed dramatically since Jacob Zuma stepped down as president. Veteran political journalist Jan-Jan Joubert looks at all the possible scenarios, taking us behind the scenes into a world of political horse trading to analyse the options available to all the parties in the run-up to the next election. Will the oldest liberation movement in Africa have to form a coalition to stay in power? And what is the likelihood of the ANC’s turning to the EFF to bolster its support?

One thing is certain: deals will be done. By examining the results of the local elections, Joubert argues that the 2019 national elections may well be the first in 25 years in which no party wins an outright majority.

In exclusive interviews, political leaders also share their views on the major issues dividing – or perhaps uniting – South Africa today, and point the way to a new political future.

Proof of Collusion - How Trump Betrayed America (Hardcover): Seth Abramson Proof of Collusion - How Trump Betrayed America (Hardcover)
Seth Abramson 1
R575 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R200 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance. Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circle... Seth Abramson has tracked every one of these far-flung reports and now, in Proof of Collusion, he finally gives us a record of the unthinkable - a president compromising American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organise and analyse every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: the case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes readers through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect. His extraordinary march through all the public evidence includes: * How Trump worked for thirty years to expand his real estate empire into Russia even as he was rescued from bankruptcy by Putin's oligarchs and Kremlin agents. * How Russian intelligence gathered compromising material on him over multiple trips. * How Trump recruited Russian allies and business partners while running for president. * How he surrounded himself with advisers who engaged in clandestine negotiations with Russia. * How Trump aides and family members held secret meetings with foreign agents and lied about them. By pulling every last thread of this complicated story together, Abramson argues that - even in the absence of a Congressional investigation or a report from Special Counsel Mueller - the public record already indicates a quid pro quo between Trump and the Kremlin. The most extraordinary part of the case for collusion is that so much of it unfolded in plain sight.

Chasing Hillary - On the Trail of the First Woman President Who Wasn'T (Paperback, Edition): Amy Chozick Chasing Hillary - On the Trail of the First Woman President Who Wasn'T (Paperback, Edition)
Amy Chozick
R329 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R120 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hillary Clinton dominated Amy Chozick's life for more than a decade. Here, she tells the inside story of Clinton's pursuit of the US presidency in a campaign book like no other. `A breathtaking, page-turning masterpiece' Mary Karr A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Amy Chozick's assignments, covering Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign and then her front-row seat to the 2016 election on `The Hillary Beat,' set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of Chozick's life became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined with Clinton's presidential ambitions. As Clinton tried, and twice failed, to shatter `that highest, hardest glass ceiling,' Chozick was trying, with various fits and starts, to scale the highest echelons of American journalism. In this rollicking, hilarious narrative, Chozick takes us through the high- and low-lights of the most noxious and dramatic presidential election in history. Chozick's candour and clear-eyed perspective - from her seat on the Hillary bus and reporting from inside the campaign's headquarters to her run-ins with Donald J. Trump - provide fresh intrigue and insights into the story we think we all know. But Chasing Hillary is also the unusually personal and moving memoir of how Chozick came to understand Clinton not as a political animal, but as a complete, complex person, full of contradictions and forged in the crucible of many earlier battles. In the process, Chozick develops an intimate understanding of what drives Clinton, how she accomplished what no woman had before, and why she ultimately failed. The results also make Chozick question everything she'd worked so hard for in the first place. Political journalism had failed. The elite world Chozick had tried for years to fit in with had been rebuffed. The less qualified, bombastic man had triumphed (as they always seem to do), and Clinton had retreated to the woods, finally showing the real person Chozick had spent years hoping to see. Illuminating, poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, Chasing Hillary is a campaign book unlike any other that reads like a fast-moving political novel.

Targeted - My Inside Story of Cambridge Analytica and How Trump, Brexit and Facebook Broke Democracy (Hardcover): Brittany... Targeted - My Inside Story of Cambridge Analytica and How Trump, Brexit and Facebook Broke Democracy (Hardcover)
Brittany Kaiser 1
R496 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this explosive memoir, a political consultant and technology whistleblower reveals the disturbing truth about the multi-billion-dollar data industry, revealing to the public how companies are getting richer using our personal information and exposing how Cambridge Analytica exploited weaknesses in privacy laws to help elect Donald Trump. When Brittany Kaiser joined Cambridge Analytica - the UK-based political consulting firm funded by conservative billionaire and Donald Trump patron Robert Mercer - she was an idealistic young professional working on her fourth degree in human rights law and international relations. A veteran of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, Kaiser's goal was to utilize data for humanitarian purposes, most notably to prevent genocide and human rights abuses. But her experience inside Cambridge Analytica opened her eyes to the tremendous risks that this unregulated industry poses to privacy and democracy. Targeted is Kaiser's eyewitness chronicle of the dramatic and disturbing story of the rise and fall of Cambridge Analytica. She reveals to the public how Facebook's lax policies and lack of sufficient national laws allowed voters to be manipulated in both Britain and the United States, where personal data was weaponised to spread fake news and racist messaging during the Brexit vote and the 2016 election. But the damage isn't done Kaiser warns; the 2020 election can be compromised as well if we continue to do nothing. In the aftermath of the U.S. election, as she became aware of the horrifying reality of what Cambridge Analytica had done in support of Donald Trump, Kaiser made the difficult choice to expose the truth. Risking her career, relationships, and personal safety, she told authorities about the data industry's unethical business practices, eventually testifying before Parliament. Packed with never-before-publicly-told stories, Targeted goes inside the secretive meetings with Trump campaign personnel and details the promises Cambridge Analytica made to win. Throughout, Kaiser makes the case for regulation, arguing that legal oversight of the data industry is not only justifiable but essential to ensuring the long-term safety of our democracy.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Paperback, New ed): Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 (Paperback, New ed)
Hunter S. Thompson
R315 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R84 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The best, the fastest, the hippest and the most unorthodox account ever published of the US presidential electoral process in all its madness and corruption. In 1972 Hunter S. Thompson, the creator and king of Gonzo journalism, covered the US presidential campaign for Rolling Stone magazine alongside the establishment newsmen of Washington. The result is a classic piece of subversive reportage and a fantastic ride on the rollercoaster of Hunter's uniquely savage imagination. In his own words, written years before Watergate: 'It is Nixon himself who represents that dark, venal and incurably violent side of the American character almost every other country in the world has learned to fear and despise.'

Our Time Is Now - Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America (Hardcover): Stacey Abrams Our Time Is Now - Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America (Hardcover)
Stacey Abrams
R648 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ramaphosa - Path To Power (Paperback, Revised Edition): Ray Hartley Ramaphosa - Path To Power (Paperback, Revised Edition)
Ray Hartley
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Ray Hartley reveals how Cyril Ramaphosa pulled off one of the greatest political comebacks of modern times, and what lies in store for the new president as he embarks on a hefty clean-up operation of a country in shambles.

Ray Hartley’s bestselling 2017 biography, Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would Be King, offered a cogent analysis of how the former nearly-man of South African politics handled the key challenges he faced in the unions, in business and in politics. In this updated edition, Hartley questions whether the former‘man in the middle’ can lead from the front, now that he has publicly denounced the besmirched Zuma and his corrupted ANC and established himself as a worthy recipient of the country’s top job.

So begins a new era in South African politics.

Armageddon - How Trump Can Beat Hillary (Hardcover): Dick Morris, Eileen McGann Armageddon - How Trump Can Beat Hillary (Hardcover)
Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
R587 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

New York Times Bestseller AT STAKE: THE FUTURE OF AMERICA The 2016 election is truly America's Armageddon the ultimate and decisive battle to save America, a fight to defeat Hillary Clinton and the forces seeking to flout our constitutional government and replace it with an all-powerful president backed up by an activist judiciary that answers to no one. Already President Obama has moved America far down this path, and a President Clinton will act as his "third term," institutionalizing the excesses of the past eight years. In Armageddon, bestselling author and political strategist Dick Morris provides a winning game plan to take back the White House, and America. Because this is our last chance: Our last chance to stop socialist uniformity, corruption and executive usurpation Our last chance to curb welfare programs that are destroying the economic and social fabric of the nation Our last chance to secure our border and keep our sovereignty Our last chance to stand up against ISIS and terrorism Our last chance to protect the Second Amendment We can do it. We must. It's our last chance. Read Armageddon, or risk losing the battle to save America! On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, American voters will make a momentous decision. They will decide whether or not this great country will remain a free market, constitutional democracy. The stakes could not be higher. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, it will mean the end of the America we know and love. Armageddon, by New York Times bestselling authors Dick Morris and Eileen McGann, is a call to arms, a call to join that ultimate battle. Few know Hillary Clinton better than Dick Morris. For almost two decades he served as a special adviser to both her and her husband, Bill Clinton. He knows their strengths, their vulnerabilities, and even their deepest secrets. In Armageddon, Morris offers a manual on how to win this battle and defeat Hillary once and for all. He argues that a typical Republican campaign won't work and that Hillary's opponent must strike her in a very unorthodox and powerful way. Morris says it's a winning strategy and voters play a critical role. A noted political strategist, Dick Morris has created winning strategies for numerous presidential campaigns in the U.S. and abroad. In this book he lays out a war plan, one the Republican nominee must use to prevent her victory: Throw a surprising right jab: terrorism and healthcare Throw the left hook: jobs, immigration, Wall Street Play her game on class warfare: women, Latinos, and young voters Republicans need to stop playing by the old rules of the game. Those rules don't work they elected Barack Obama twice. Obama has changed America in fundamental ways and Morris posits that Hillary's opponents need to grasp this and implement a strategy that can finally defeat her.

On Account of Race - The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights (Hardcover):... On Account of Race - The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights (Hardcover)
Lawrence Goldstone
R621 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Thank You for Voting - The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America (Hardcover): Erin Geiger Smith Thank You for Voting - The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America (Hardcover)
Erin Geiger Smith
R610 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R124 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Information Wars - How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It (Hardcover, Main): Richard... Information Wars - How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It (Hardcover, Main)
Richard Stengel 1
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time magazine and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of the new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving and combating both ISIS's messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt overlooked. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump. In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks readers through of this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. He illustrates how ISIS terrorized the world using social media, and how the Russians launched a tsunami of disinformation around the annexation of Crimea - a scheme that became the model for their interference with the 2016 presidential election. An urgent book for our times, Information Wars stresses that we must find a way to combat this ever growing threat to democracy.

What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't - A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter (Paperback, Third... What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't - A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter (Paperback, Third Edition)
Jessamyn Conrad; Introduction by Naomi Wolf
R416 R343 Discovery Miles 3 430 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Engaging and inspiring . . . Reading this book should make you want to vote." Barack Obama In a world of sound bites, deliberate misinformation, and a political scene colored by the blue versus red partisan divide, how does the average educated American find a reliable source that's free of political spin? What You Should Know About Politics . . . But Don't breaks it all down, issue by issue, explaining who stands for what, and why-whether it's the economy, income inequality, Obamacare, foreign policy, education, immigration, or climate change. If you're a Democrat, a Republican, or somewhere in between, it's the perfect book to brush up on a single topic or read through to get a deeper understanding of the often mucky world of American politics. This is an essential volume for understanding the background to the 2016 presidential election. But it is also a book that transcends the season. It's truly for anyone who wants to know more about the perennial issues that will continue to affect our everyday lives. The third edition includes an introduction by Naomi Wolf discussing the themes and issues that have come to the fore during the present presidential cycle.

Dewey Defeats Truman - The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul (Hardcover): A. J Baime Dewey Defeats Truman - The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul (Hardcover)
A. J Baime
R716 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, Third Edition): John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz Campaigns and Elections (Paperback, Third Edition)
John Sides, Daron Shaw, Matt Grossmann, Keena Lipsitz
R1,867 Discovery Miles 18 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thoroughly and rigorously revised and updated through the 2016 elections, Campaigns and Elections, Third Edition, uses a consistent framework to reveal the strategies and choices that face candidates and other practitioners in the American political system.

Political Junkies - From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy... Political Junkies - From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Hardcover)
Claire Bond Potter
R749 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Say It Louder! - Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy (Paperback): Tiffany Cross Say It Louder! - Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy (Paperback)
Tiffany Cross
R435 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R77 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
National Elections and the Autonomy of American State Party Systems (Paperback): James G. Gimpel National Elections and the Autonomy of American State Party Systems (Paperback)
James G. Gimpel
R900 Discovery Miles 9 000 Out of stock

Using the theory of candidate-centred politics, this book explains why party factionalism has persisted in many regions of the US in spite of fierce two-party competition. It contends that upheavals in the two-party balance of presidential voting may leave lower offices untouched.

A Choice Not an Echo - Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover): Phyllis Schlafly A Choice Not an Echo - Updated and Expanded 50th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
Phyllis Schlafly
R354 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over 3 Million Copies Sold! Celebrate 50 years since the release of Phyllis Schlafly's monumental A Choice Not an Echo, the book that launched the conservative resurgence of the late 20th century. This special updated and expanded edition contains 50 percent new material placing the book in its historical context and applying the book's lessons to the issues of today.

Demagogue for President - The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump (Hardcover): Jennifer R. Mercieca Demagogue for President - The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump (Hardcover)
Jennifer R. Mercieca
R657 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R137 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Historic levels of polarization, a disaffected and frustrated electorate, and widespread distrust of government, the news media, and traditional political leadership set the stage in 2016 for an unexpected, unlikely, and unprecedented presidential contest. Donald Trump's campaign speeches and other rhetoric seemed on the surface to be simplistic, repetitive, and disorganized to many. As Demagogue for President shows, Trump's campaign strategy was anything but simple.Political communication expert Jennifer Mercieca shows how the Trump campaign expertly used the common rhetorical techniques of a demagogue, a word with two contradictory definitions - 'a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power' or 'a leader championing the cause of the common people in ancient times' (Merriam-Webster, 2019). These strategies, in conjunction with post-rhetorical public relations techniques, were meant to appeal to a segment of an already distrustful electorate. It was an effective tactic. Mercieca analyzes rhetorical strategies such as argument ad hominem, argument ad baculum, argument ad populum, reification, paralipsis, and more to reveal a campaign that was morally repugnant to some but to others a brilliant appeal to American exceptionalism. By all accounts, it fundamentally changed the discourse of the American public sphere.

Russian Roulette - The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Paperback): Michael... Russian Roulette - The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Paperback)
Michael Isikoff, David Corn
R429 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency. "Russian Roulette is...the most thorough and riveting account." -- The New York Times Russian Roulette is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election. The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister -- a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle -- including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn -- and Russia. Russian Roulette chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?

I Feel Sorry For Hillary Clinton (Paperback): Veronica Snow I Feel Sorry For Hillary Clinton (Paperback)
Veronica Snow
R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Party Competition and Responsible Party Government - A Theory of Spatial Competition Based Upon Insights from Behavioral Voting... Party Competition and Responsible Party Government - A Theory of Spatial Competition Based Upon Insights from Behavioral Voting Research (Paperback)
James Adams
R1,046 Discovery Miles 10 460 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In countries with multiparty political systems, we assume--if the system is going to work--that parties have relatively stable positions on policy, that these positions diverge, and that voters make choices based on policy preferences. Yet much of the research on voter behavior and party competition does not support these assumptions.
In "Party Competition," James Adams applies the insights of behavioral research to an examination of the policy strategies that political parties (and candidates) employ in seeking election. He argues that vote-seeking parties are motivated to present policies that appeal to voters, whose bias toward these policies is based in part on reasons that have nothing to do with policy. He demonstrates that this strategic logic has profound implications for party competition and responsible party government.
Adams's innovative fusion of research methodologies presents solutions to issues of policy stability and voter partisanship. His theory's supported by an in-depth analysis of empirical applications to party competition in Britain, France, and the United States in the postwar years.
"Party Competition and Responsible Party Government" will appeal to readers interested in the study of political parties, voting behavior and elections, as well as to scholars specializing in French, British, and American politics.
James Adams is Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

By Invitation Only - The Rise of Exclusive Politics in the United States (Paperback): Steven E. Schier By Invitation Only - The Rise of Exclusive Politics in the United States (Paperback)
Steven E. Schier
R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mobilization Only examines the shift in the United States from mobilization (the partisan method of stimulating very high voter turnout in elections) to activation -- the political variant of "niche marketing". This more contemporary method which parties, interest groups, and candidates employ, induces particular, finely targeted portions of the public to become active in elections, demonstrations, and lobbying.

Traditional partisan mobilization was a crude tool, operating through personal and print communication. It involved broad appeals, often carried through personal conversation with local party workers or through America's then highly partisan press. Political mobilization predominated during election campaigns of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a period of peak party power.

The shift from mobilization to activation allows organizers to mobilize strategic minorities while cloaking the effort in a misleading guise of popular rule. The vogue of participation is that all should get involved. In fact, as Schier illustrates, the process encourages only a strategically selected few to vote in elections or petition government for their interests. The result is a decline in majority rule in American politics. A must-read for anyone concerned with politics in America.

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