Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout” as Want to Read:
Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Get Out the Vote: How to Increase Voter Turnout

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  123 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The first edition of Get Out the Vote! broke ground by introducing a new scientific approach to the challenge of voter mobilization and profoundly influenced how campaigns operate. In this expanded and updated edition, the authors incorporate data from more than one hundred new studies, which shed new light on the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of various campaign tacti ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 225 pages
Published January 23rd 2008 by Brookings Institution Press (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Get Out the Vote, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Get Out the Vote

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: campaign workers
This is the first book I've seen about voter mobilization written by social scientists, rather than political consultants. They present their results of controlled, randomized experiments in determining the effect of canvassing, lit dropping, phone banking (and robo-calling), and direct mail on voter turnout.

The one criticism I have is that in some cases they seem to jump to some conclusions based on small amounts of evidence, including results that I really have a hard time believing (ie, there
One of those rare books that acknowledge (a lot of) experiments on GOTV tactics and electoral mobilization efforts. Green and Gerber apply strictly scientifict view on political campaign actions, a very plausible approach when it comes to a field filled with pseudo experts. Although some consider it a basic text, it can be too technical and overexplicative for the ordinary reader.
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: wheel-a-thon
This is truly a book about what methods work best to get people out to vote. If you are interested in using it as a book for helping with campaigning, it is not really the one for you. A lot of really interesting information in this book based upon a lot of field studies. The writer backs up his theory with a lot of practical research.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in elections, especially people volunteering on political campaigns
Most of us involved in field strategy know firsthand that a combination of name recognition and personal persuasion is the best way to get the job done. This is one of the only formal, grant-funded studies that I know of that comes to a somewhat scientific conclusion that supports what we already know. It's very short and worth a read, especially if you're unfamiliar with election strategy.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Door-to-door canvassing is the most effective get-out-the-vote method: one additional vote generated for every fourteen people contacted. So you need to contact 14,000 people in person to swing 1,000 votes.

"It turns out that minds are difficult and expensive to change"
Javier Boncompte
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It does what it says, a scientific approach to campaigns with a lot of experimental literature.
Joel D
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great over-view of the state of science about field campaigning, with useful practical material. Not a campaign manager's guide as such, but a useful resource to inform decision-making.
Ron Morgan
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has been my life for the last year
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j
it was a great book yeah
Gavin White
rated it liked it
Feb 24, 2008
David R Clouse
rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2015
rated it really liked it
Dec 31, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2017
rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2014
rated it really liked it
Jun 24, 2016
Jake Auchincloss
rated it liked it
Mar 14, 2016
Dina Charchour
rated it really liked it
Sep 27, 2014
Søren Rasmussen
rated it it was amazing
Feb 09, 2014
rated it really liked it
Sep 04, 2016
John Simpson
rated it really liked it
Mar 10, 2015
rated it liked it
Dec 12, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2016
rated it liked it
Aug 03, 2011
Aimee Van Cleave
rated it really liked it
Jan 05, 2016
James M. Tilly
rated it really liked it
Dec 14, 2015
Wesley Donehue
rated it it was ok
Jan 12, 2013
rated it liked it
Dec 23, 2007
Justin Koch
rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2013
rated it did not like it
Aug 14, 2016
rated it liked it
Aug 02, 2008
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win
  • The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation
  • Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It
  • From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law
  • What Is Marriage For?: The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution
  • Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond
  • Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America
  • Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up: 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room
  • Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
  • The Grounding of Modern Feminism
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Letters and Speeches
  • Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View
  • The Invisible Heart: Economics and Family Values
  • Fire and Ice: The United States Canada And The Myth Of Converging Values
  • Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement
  • Why Americans Hate Politics
  • Blood Sport: The Truth Behind the Scandals in the Clinton White House
  • Power Game: How Washington Works