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Governing by Campaigning: The Politics of the Bush Presidency, 2007 Edition (Great Questions in Politics Series) (2nd Edition) (Great Questions in Politics)
In this brief book, George Edwards, one of the foremost experts on the presidency and author of "Why the Electoral College is Bad for America," explores how the Bush administration has attempted sweeping changes in public policy - without broad support for doing so - by taking its case to the American public more than any other president in history.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 3rd 2007 by Longman
(first published May 6th 2006)
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This was a total slog, which is a shame - I felt like there was a really good story there, that was really relevant to today's politics, but it was buried under a mountain of polling data and dates of specific campaign stops and other minutiae that didn't really help Edwards' argument. I think his final observation, that extending campaign strategies contributes to polarization, is still true, and I'd be interested to see this analysis applied to the Obama administration - just with less numbers ...more