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Opis: The Gamble - Lynn Vavreck, John Sides

"Game changer." We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference in the contest - and what was just hype? In this groundbreaking book, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck tell the dramatic story of the election - with a big difference. Using an unusual "moneyball" approach, they look beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis. Instead, they draw on extensive quantitative data about the economy, public opinion, news coverage, and political advertising to separate what was truly important from what was irrelevant. Combining this data with the best social science research and colorful on-the-ground reporting, they provide the most accurate and precise account of the election yet written - and the only book of its kind. Which mattered more - Barack Obama's midsummer ad blitz or the election year's economic growth? How many voters actually changed their minds - and was it ever enough to sway the outcome? The Gamble answers important questions like these by looking at the interplay between the candidates' strategic choices - the ads, speeches, rallies, and debates - and the chance circumstances of the election, especially the economy. In the Republican primary, the book shows, the electioneering and the media's restless attention did matter, producing a string of frontrunners. But when Obama and Mitt Romney finally squared off in the general election, there were few real game-changers. The candidates' billion-dollar campaigns were important but largely cancelled each other out, opening the way for Obama to do what incumbents usually do when running amid even modest economic growth: win. An election book unlike any other, The Gamble is a must-read for political junkies, analysts, journalists, consultants, and academics. "Sides and Vavreck offer a detailed, quantified description of the battlefield--an effort to provide political science insight in real time."--David Lauter, Los Angeles Times/Jacket Copy blog "In The Gamble, two super-smart thinkers lay out moneyball politics for anyone to understand."--Gregg Easterbrook, ESPN.com "Good, sane tome on how the fundamentals matter."--Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution "A work of real originality and depth. In places it extends existing work and does so with care and sophistication. In other places it breaks new ground, especially with analyses of the interplay between the media and popular references and perceptions."--Richard Johnston, Forum "Sides and Vavreck's book is an overdue corrective. They weren't embedded in a campaign or buddies with top strategists. They don't usher you inside the room. But they have something that campaign reporters lack: data. Lots and lots and lots of it... Underpinning their real-time information are decades of supporting political-science data and theory. The result is that while most election narratives track the inputs of the campaign, Sides and Vavreck track the outputs... There's no better book for understanding it--and the political structures that will continue shaping U.S. elections in 2016 and beyond--than The Gamble. For campaign journalism, the book is a game-changer."--Ezra Klein, Bloomberg View "The Gamble reveals how few 'breaking' developments in presidential campaigns (the rules are different for your local freeholder race, with its scant media coverage) can actually move the numbers. Pry out the secrets, read the data, and you can ignore the rest of the clattering B.S. machine that is the modern presidential election."--David Weigel, Slate "With the most comprehensive and demanding analytics of a wide array of data, Sides and Vavreck cut through many of the myths of the 2012 campaign... Reading The Gamble, I'm pulled in two directions. There is an excitement that comes with the clarity of very smart and skilled professionals working through data and presenting an overwhelmingly compelling case. That's balanced with a maddening sense of frustration that so much blood, sweat, tears, and treasure was put into an endeavor that was likely predetermined by forces out of anyone's control... Read [it]. You'll be glad you did."--Stuart Stevens, Daily Beast "The discounting of campaign drama has more recently been taken to a new level by political scientists John Sides and Lynn Vavreck in The Gamble, which might have been subtitled Nothing to See Here, Folks... Sides and Vavreck take the provocative but stimulating route of considering every explanation of the outcome other than the 'fundamentals' (basically, the power of incumbency and acceptably positive economic trends and conditions) and exploding each with varying quantities of empirical dynamite."--Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly "Without a doubt the most provocative book is The Gamble by Sides and Vavreck."--Ed Kilgore, Washington Monthly "A necessary corrective to the personality-driven and hyperventilating accounts of presidential campaigns driven by a news media out to sell half-baked narratives... Eminently readable."--Rick Hasen, Slate "The Gamble is political analysis done properly, a serious challenge to journalists and pundits. And it suggests that the politics that works is politics done properly, that produces real improvements for people in their daily lives."--Daniel Finkelstein, The Times "Probably the most successful attempt to integrate political science and narrative to date... If you really want to understand the 2012 elections, you should rely on The Gamble."--Sean Trende, Real Clear Books "What really mattered in last year's elections? George Washington University professor John Sides and UCLA professor Lynn Vavreck, in a remarkably fast turnaround for an academic work, applied social science to the developments of last year's presidential election in The Gamble. It turns out that the events journalists described in real time (including this one) weren't as important as they were made out to be. And Sides and Vavreck provide an important reality check that observers should heed before the daily doings of 2016 consume us all."--Steven Shepard, National JournalList of Figures and Tables ix Foreword by Charles T. Myers xiii Acknowledgments xv Chapter 1: Ante Up 1 Chapter 2: The Hand You're Dealt 11 Chapter 3: Random, or Romney? 32 Chapter 4: All In 64 Chapter 5: High Rollers 97 Chapter 6: The Action 141 Chapter 7: The Winning Hand 174 Chapter 8: Cashing In 226 Appendixes 243 Notes 273 Index 323


Szczegóły: The Gamble - Lynn Vavreck, John Sides

Tytuł: The Gamble
Autor: Lynn Vavreck, John Sides
Producent: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691156880
Rok produkcji: 2013
Ilość stron: 352
Oprawa: Twarda
Waga: 0.63 kg


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