AMER 458 History of American Presidential Campaigns

Every four years the United States picks its president. Campaigns for the presidency have ranged from a few drunken, raucous, and even violent weeks in the nineteenth century, to the very sophisticated and year-long ``packaging'' of the presidency today. This course will look at the evolution of American presidential campaigns, with an emphasis on the changing ``political culture'' in the United States. As well as looking at key texts, the class will explore the media of American politics, from newspapers and political cartoons, to radio, television, and the dawn of internet campaigning. In particular we will focus on the current presidential campaign in the United States, as the Democrats and Republicans pick their candidates for 2008. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 6.

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