Campaign Craft: The Strategies, Tactics, and Art of Political Campaign Management

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Praeger Publishers, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 235 pages
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Shea and Burton present a lively, comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge political campaign management. They cover all aspects of present-day political campaigns, from understanding the context of a particular campaign, to fundraising tips, to strategic thinking and scores of winning voter contact techniques.

With careful attention and hard work, even average citizens can oversee sophisticated, state-of-the-art political campaigns. Those who try will find no aid more valuable than this book.

Bringing to bear both academic and professional experience, Shea and Burton present a lively, comprehensive exploration of cutting-edge political campaign management. They cover every aspect of present-day political campaigning, from understanding the context of a particular campaign (national trends, the media market, demographic research, etc.) to strategic thinking and specific voter contact techniques that work. These techniques include tactical use of fundraising, paid media, free media--including the Internet--and get-out-the-vote drives. Throughout the text, the authors present up-to-date analysis, peppered with examples from national, state, and local campaigns. "Campaign Craft" is a comprehensive guide to modern electioneering--a must read for candidates and political activists, scholars, researchers, and all those interested in knowing how to run modern, high-tech campaigns.

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About the author (2006)

DANIEL M. SHEA is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He has worked as a political strategist in some of New York's most challenging races, and has written widely on campaign strategy and political parties.

MICHAEL JOHN BURTON is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ohio University in Athens. He worked in the Office of Vice President Al Gore as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Assistant Political Director. Before that, he spent two years on the Hill. His research is focused on political campaign strategy and White House operations.

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