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Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections, Updated
  • Format
  • Authored by: Larry J. Sabato and Howard R. Ernst
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 081605875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5875-4
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $95.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2006
  • Dewey Number: 324.273
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 560


Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections provides comprehensive coverage of the American election process and its political parties. A complete A-to-Z reference guide, it covers the people, events, and terms involved in the electoral process. Coverage also includes the history of elections in the United States, focusing primarily on the presidential elections.

Helpful features such as 65 engaging black-and-white photographs and illustrations, detailed appendixes, and an index make this concise reference browsable and accessible to the general reader.

Entries include:

  • Absentee voting
  • Blue states
  • Campaign ethics
  • Dark horse candidate
  • Dirty campaign tricks
  • Election fraud
  • Electoral College
  • Fund-raising
  • Internet voting
  • League of Women Voters
  • Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Machine politics
  • Populist Party
  • Recall
  • Republican Party
  • Super Tuesday
  • Voter turnout
  • Wedge issues.


Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Index. Appendixes.

About the Author(s)

Larry J. Sabato received his Ph.D. from Oxford University and currently teaches at the University of Virginia, where he is also director of the Center for Politics. An expert on American elections, his publications include Overtime!: The Election 2000 Thriller and the widely used survey text American Government: Continuity and Change.

Howard R. Ernst received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and currently teaches at the United States Naval Academy. He coedited Dangerous Democracy?: The Battle over Ballot Initiatives in America.

Reviews and Awards

"...a 'must' for any comprehensive collection on American history."
Midwest Book Review

"...filled with useful, thought-provoking information that can help put the American political experience in perspective...recommended for academic and public libraries."

"...provide[s] a foundational understanding of an important segment of political life in the US...well-written entries...Recommended."

"Political science students will find this title to be valuable and interesting...an excellent choice for collections needing basic explanations of political history and terminology."
School Library Journal

Reference Reviews

"...an excellent choice for public and secondary school libraries. Political science students doing research for projects and reports, as well as those simply interested in the subject, will find the information easily accessible and readable. Recommended."
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