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The 2008 Presidential Elections

A Story in Four Acts

  • Erik Jones
  • Salvatore Vassallo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Prologue

    1. Erik Jones, Salvatore Vassallo
      Pages 1-11
  3. Choosing the Candidates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. John A. Gans Jr.
      Pages 15-39
    3. Trevor B. McCrisken
      Pages 41-65
    4. William C. Binning
      Pages 67-82
  4. The National Campaigns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Jennifer Palmieri
      Pages 85-97
    3. Alicia Kolar Prévost, James A. Thurber
      Pages 99-114
    4. Andrew Wroe
      Pages 115-131
  5. And the Winner Is...

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Michael E. Shin
      Pages 135-150
    3. B. Guy Peters
      Pages 151-163
    4. Fabrizio Bucci
      Pages 165-192
  6. The Aftermath

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Mario Del Pero
      Pages 195-212
    3. Jonathon W. Moses
      Pages 213-229
    4. Christopher J. Bailey
      Pages 231-245
    5. Erik Jones, Salvatore Vassallo
      Pages 247-252
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-259

About this book


The election of Barack Obama fundamentally changed America's relationship with the outside world. Written by a mix of scholars and practitioners, the chapters cover the entire electoral process and analyze what Obama's victory suggests about the development of America, socially, economically, and in its foreign relations.


campaign economy election elections Electoral foreign policy Policy presidential elections

Editors and affiliations

  • Erik Jones
    • 1
  • Salvatore Vassallo
    • 2
  1. 1.Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna CenterJohns Hopkins UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of BolognaItaly

About the editors

ERIK JONES is Professor of European Studies at the SAIS Bologna Centre of the Johns Hopkins University, USA and contributing editor of Survival. 
SALVATORE VASSALLO is Member of Italian Parliament for the Partito Democratico and Professor of Political Science at the University of Bologna, Italy.

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