Dancing without Partners

How Candidates, Parties, and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign

by David B. Magleby, Quin J. Monson,

Political parties, interest groups, and candidate campaigns all pursue similar goals in presidential elections: each entity attempts to mobilize voters. However, the regulatory environment often prevents these groups from coordinating their efforts. With participants playing by new rules mandated by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, the 2004 presidential election included previously unseen configurations and alliances between political actors. In some campaign situations, the resulting 'dance' was carefully choreographed. In others, dancers stepped on each other's toes. In still others, participants could only eye each other across the floor. Dancing without Partners intensively analyzes the relationships among candidates, political parties, and interest groups under the BCRA's new regulations in the 2004 election cycle in five battleground states. The chapters assess the ways in which the rules of the game have changed the game itself_and also how they haven't. The result is a book that will be invaluable to researchers and students of presidential elections.
  • Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; July 2006
  • ISBN 9780742576193
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: Dancing without Partners
  • Author: David B. Magleby (ed.); Quin J. Monson (ed.); Kelly D. Patterson (ed.)
  • Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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David B. Magleby is dean of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, and distinguished professor of political science at Brigham Young University. J. Quin Monson is assistant professor of political science and assistant director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University. Kelly Patterson is associate professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University.