This text provides an overview of how presidents are selected and why the system works as it does. Both the theory of "rational decision-making" and the concept of "bounded rationality" are employed as foundations of the book's examination of the behaviour of presidential candidates and members of congress as they plan their strategies for their campaigns and also how they behave once in office.
1. The Presidential Campaigns and ElectionsPlan of the Book. 2. The Nominations Process: Introduction to the Current System and Its History. 3. The Nominations Process: The Reform Era and Its Consequences. 4. The National Conventions. 5. The General Election. 6. Congressional, State, and Local Elections. 7. Campaign Finance: Presidential and Congressional Races. 8.The Political Consequences of Presidential Elections.