Maine The Dynamics of Political Change

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Pub. Date: 2005-10-12
Publisher(s): Lexington Books
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Summary

Christian P. Potholm has worked as a political insider and activist for much of the last forty years, dividing his time between the classroom and the election arena. In looking at the interactive ebb and flow of political campaigns. Potholm uses both quantitative and qualitative analysis to understand the process and make predictions regarding the outcome. He contends that political campaigns waged in the state of Maine display a strong dynamic quality independent of the instant polls and reports that our media sources use to predict outcomes. Potholm shows that Maine's political campaigns are underpinned by a positive sense of well-being unique to the state, a character that celebrates its freedom and essence in all facets of society. Potholm dissects his study using data as well as anecdotal references to share the political and psychological dimensions of Maine politics in all of its dynamism. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Christian P. Potholm is De Alva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government at Bowdoin College

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xv
PART I: THE DYNAMICS OF AN OPEN SEAT
Introduction
3(1)
In Praise of Virgins
4(3)
A Whole New Ball Game
7(3)
Campaign in 3D
10(3)
The Perfect Storm
13(3)
A Grand Moment
16(5)
PART II: THE DYNAMICS OF THE CAMPAIGN PROCESS
Introduction
21(2)
Reality Check
23(3)
Time Speeded Up by Events
26(3)
Here Comes the Judge
29(3)
There Goes the Judge
32(3)
A Sinking Ship?
35(3)
The Ides of March
38(3)
Uzi Suzie
41(3)
Elections and the Role of Biography
44(5)
PART III: THE DYNAMICS OF PUBLIC REFERENDA
Introduction
49(2)
Vox Populi
51(3)
Behold the Psychographics
54(3)
Some Who Mattered
57(3)
Everybody Won?
60(4)
``Free Martha''
64(3)
A Cascade of Ironies
67(3)
Queen of the North---and South
70(5)
PART IV: THE DYNAMICS OF POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
Introduction
75(2)
A Continuing Tradition
77(3)
Vindication
80(3)
Statesman?
83(3)
Ode to John
86(3)
Bed and Political Breakfast
89(3)
``Anybody but Bush''?
92(4)
Nader and Negativity
96(3)
In the Shadow of Margaret
99(4)
End Game
103(3)
The Big Winner
106(5)
PART V: THE DYNAMICS OF MAINE'S WELL-BEING
Introduction
111(1)
A Wonderful Opportunity
112(3)
North to ``Alaska''
115(3)
``Gunner'' Hornbeck
118(3)
An Unexpected Joy
121(3)
The Dooryards of Broken Dreams
124(3)
Maine: The Way Life Should Be
127(6)
PART VI: MAINE IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Introduction
133(2)
Dr. Banda
135(3)
Welcome Somalis
138(3)
``41'' and ``43''
141(3)
We Were So Blessed
144(5)
PART VII: ONE WORD MORE
Giving Thanks
149(4)
References 153(2)
About the Author 155

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