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Author Schoen, Douglas E., 1953-

Title Declaring independence : the beginning of the end of the two-party system / Douglas E. Schoen.

Published New York : Random House, c2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  324.273 SCHO    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxx, 240 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. 2008: Why America Is Ready for a Third-Party Candidate -- 2. The Ideological Divide: Who Will Confront the Big Issues? -- 3. The Historical Significance of Third-Party Candidates -- 4. Third-Party Candidates Can Overcome the Impediments -- 5. The Internet and 24-Hour News -- 6. How Campaign Organizing Has Changed -- 7. Ballot Access Has Been Democratized -- 8. A Different Kind of Presidential Debate -- 9. Crafting an Electoral Strategy -- 10. The New Language of Politics.
Summary "America is at a political crossroads. We are growing alienated from the two major parties, which are dominated by ideologues and offer simplistic solutions, with candidates who think only in terms of how to frame issues - often irrelevant "hot-button" issues in order to get elected. Meanwhile, voters tend to crave real solutions to the real problems we face energy independence, affordable health care, the environment, jobs, sustainable national security. And increasingly those voters want change and they want it now, yearning for leaders who understand the tough problems, confront them head-on, and can offer practical solutions without kowtowing to lockstep partisan interests." "Political consultant Douglas E. Schoen now makes a bold argument: that the 2008 presidential election offers an unprecedented opportunity for the right third-party ticket. In Declaring Independence, Schoen discusses major trends - voter dissatisfaction, lengthening campaign seasons, networking and fund-raising on the Internet, demographic shifts, fundamental changes in how Americans view their leaders - that are opening the door to more independent candidates and radically transforming how all candidates present themselves to the electorate and citizenry,"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Party affiliation -- United States.
Third parties (United States politics)
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-
ISBN 9781400067336 (alk. paper)
1400067332 (alk. paper)