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The Resource Democracy for hire : a history of American political consulting, Dennis W. Johnson

Democracy for hire : a history of American political consulting, Dennis W. Johnson

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Democracy for hire : a history of American political consulting
Title
Democracy for hire
Title remainder
a history of American political consulting
Statement of responsibility
Dennis W. Johnson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Though they work largely out of the public eye, political consultants-"image merchants" and "kingmakers" to candidates-play a crucial role in shaping campaigns. They persuaded Barry Goldwater to run for president, groomed former actor Ronald Reagan for the California governorship, helped derail Bill Clinton's health care initiative, and carried out the swiftboating of John Kerry. As Dennis Johnson argues in this history of political consulting in the United States, they are essential to modern campaigning, often making positive contributions to democratic discourse, and yet they have also polarized the electorate with their biting messages. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, political campaigns were run by local political parties, volunteers, and friends of candidates; but as party loyalties among voters began to weaken, and political parties declined as sources of manpower and strategy, professional consultants swept in to carry the day. Political consulting emerged as a profession in the 1930s with writers Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, the husband and wife team who built their business, in part, with a successful campaign to destroy Upton Sinclair's 1934 bid for governor of California. With roots in advertising and public relations, political consulting has since developed into a highly professionalized business worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, some of the top campaign consulting outfits have more recently come full circle and merged to create new public relations firms, serving not just candidates but also shaping public advocacy campaigns for businesses and nonprofits. Johnson, an academic who has also worked on campaigns alongside the likes of James Carville and pollster Peter D. Hart, suffuses his history with the stories of the colorful characters who have come to define the profession of consulting, from its beginning to its present. This will be the most complete and sweeping story of the profession to date. Moving beyond the making of a political business, this book also describes the very contours of modern American politics."--
  • "During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, political campaigns were run by local political parties, volunteers, and friends of candidates; but as party loyalties among voters began to weaken, and political parties declined as sources of manpower and strategy, professional consultants swept in to carry the day. Political consulting emerged as a profession in the 1930s with writers Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker, the husband and wife team who built their business, in part, with a successful campaign to destroy Upton Sinclair's 1934 bid for governor of California. With roots in advertising and public relations, political consulting has since developed into a highly professionalized business worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In fact, some of the top campaign consulting outfits have more recently come full circle and merged to create new public relations firms, serving not just candidates but also shaping public advocacy campaigns for businesses and nonprofits. Johnson, an academic who has also worked on campaigns alongside the likes of James Carville and pollster Peter D. Hart, suffuses his history with the stories of the colorful characters who have come to define the profession of consulting, from its beginning to its present. This will be the most complete and sweeping story of the profession to date. As such it tells not just the making of a political business but the very contours of modern American politics."--
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Johnson, Dennis W.,
Dewey number
324.0973
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Political consultants
  • Political consultants
  • Public relations and politics
  • Public relations and politics
  • Political campaigns
  • Political campaigns
  • Political culture
  • Political culture
Label
Democracy for hire : a history of American political consulting, Dennis W. Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- List of Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- PART 1: EARLY BUSINESS OF POLITICAL CONSULTING, 1930s-1960s -- Ch. 1 In the Beginning, Whitaker & Baxter -- Ch. 2 Measuring Public Opinion, Private and Public Pollsters -- Ch. 3 Radio, Television and Campaigning, 1920s-1960 -- Ch. 4 The Pioneers -- Ch. 5 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1964 and 1968, and Consulting Abroad -- PART 2: THE EXPANSION AND GROWTH OF CONSULTING, 1970s-1980s -- Ch. 6 Money, Campaigns and the Next Generation of Consultants -- Ch. 7 Evolution of Polling -- Ch. 8 The Media Revolution -- Ch. 9 Voter Contact: Targeting, Direct Mail, and Phone Banks -- Ch. 10 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1972, 1976, and 1980 -- Ch. 11 Consulting, Ballot Issues and Local Government -- Ch. 12 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1984 and 1988 -- PART 3: TRANSFORMATION OF CONSULTING AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD, 1990 -- PRESENT -- Ch. 13 New Generation of Consultants -- Ch. 14 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1992 and 1996 -- Ch. 15 Technological Advances -- Ch. 16 Issue Campaigns and Government Affairs; Consultants Going Corporate -- Ch. 17 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 2000 and 2004 -- Ch. 18 Consulting Internationally -- Ch. 19 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 2008 and 2012 -- Ch. 20 Outside Groups, Plutocrats and Dark Money; Consultants and the 2016 Presidential Campaign -- Ch. 21 Political Consulting Today -- Appendix A: Key Consultants and Senior Advisers for Presidential Candidates, 1952-2016 -- Appendix B: American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame Inductees -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn948338744
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780190272722
Lccn
2016020566
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)948338744
Label
Democracy for hire : a history of American political consulting, Dennis W. Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- List of Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- PART 1: EARLY BUSINESS OF POLITICAL CONSULTING, 1930s-1960s -- Ch. 1 In the Beginning, Whitaker & Baxter -- Ch. 2 Measuring Public Opinion, Private and Public Pollsters -- Ch. 3 Radio, Television and Campaigning, 1920s-1960 -- Ch. 4 The Pioneers -- Ch. 5 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1964 and 1968, and Consulting Abroad -- PART 2: THE EXPANSION AND GROWTH OF CONSULTING, 1970s-1980s -- Ch. 6 Money, Campaigns and the Next Generation of Consultants -- Ch. 7 Evolution of Polling -- Ch. 8 The Media Revolution -- Ch. 9 Voter Contact: Targeting, Direct Mail, and Phone Banks -- Ch. 10 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1972, 1976, and 1980 -- Ch. 11 Consulting, Ballot Issues and Local Government -- Ch. 12 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1984 and 1988 -- PART 3: TRANSFORMATION OF CONSULTING AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD, 1990 -- PRESENT -- Ch. 13 New Generation of Consultants -- Ch. 14 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 1992 and 1996 -- Ch. 15 Technological Advances -- Ch. 16 Issue Campaigns and Government Affairs; Consultants Going Corporate -- Ch. 17 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 2000 and 2004 -- Ch. 18 Consulting Internationally -- Ch. 19 Consultants and Presidential Campaigns, 2008 and 2012 -- Ch. 20 Outside Groups, Plutocrats and Dark Money; Consultants and the 2016 Presidential Campaign -- Ch. 21 Political Consulting Today -- Appendix A: Key Consultants and Senior Advisers for Presidential Candidates, 1952-2016 -- Appendix B: American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame Inductees -- Notes -- Index
Control code
ocn948338744
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780190272722
Lccn
2016020566
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)948338744

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