Episode 12: Should I vote? The presidency.
Yep, they’re different.
Episode 10: Debates: democratic moment or meaningless spectacle?
Alan Schroeder, Presidential Debates: Risky Business on the Campaign Trail, Columbia University Press.
Episode 9: Should we believe campaign promises?
Kathleen Hall Jaimeson, Everything you think you know about politics and why you’re wrong (Basic Books 2000).
Jeff Fischel, Presidents and Promises: From Campaign Pledge to Presidential Performance
(CQ Press 1985).
Tracy Sulkin, The Legislative Legacy of Congressional Campaigns (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
Corazzini, Luca, Kube Sebastian, Maréchal Michel André, and Nicolò Antonio. “Elections and Deceptions: An Experimental Study on the Behavioral Effects of Democracy.” American Journal of Political Science 58, no. 3 (2014): 579-92.
Episode 8: Truth, Lies, and BS
Harry Frankfurt, On Bullshit. (Princeton University Press.)
John Mearsheimer. Why Leaders Lie. (Oxford University Press.)
Episode 7: What’s the deal with voter id?
Episode 6: Who can vote in America?
Alexander Keyssar. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. (Basic Books)
Episode 5: Is the election rigged?
No books this week, but check out the National Conference of State Legislatures’ election section, which keeps data on how elections are administered in all 50 states, all aggregated into pretty, easy to read maps!
Curious about how we define free and fair elections when we encourage other countries to set them up? Check out this neat little pdf from USAID.
The National Association of State Election Directors
Episode 4: The Case for Party Elites
An older analysis but still a prescient one, laying out a critique of increasing democracy in the nomination process. Nelson W. Polsby, Consequences of Party Reform (Oxford University Press, 1983).
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