This two-volume encyclopedia features over 450 articles on individuals, movements, political parties, and ideological principles, with those usually thought of as left in Volume 1 and those considered on the right in Volume 2.
In this comprehensive guide to the language of contemporary American politics, Binning offers clear descriptions of terms such as soft money, gerrymandering, and blanket primary. Examples are frequently offered to help clarify definitions. Particular attention is given to the ever-changing organizational structure of parties and contemporary electoral systems. This encyclopedia explains campaign finance reform laws and the Voting Rights Act. The more significant Supreme Court decisions in these areas are summarized, with an eye to giving readers a greater understanding of how these laws have been interpreted and applied. Brief biographies of important political figures such as presidents, vice presidents, and congressional and party leaders are also included, along with a concise summary of every presidential election since 1789.
Elections A to Z explains how campaigns and elections, the hallmark of any democracy, are conducted in the United States. Comprehensive in its coverage, this essential student reference includes entries ranging from short definitions of terms such as "front-runner" to in-depth essays exploring vital issues affecting House, Senate, presidential, and some state-level elections.