The Past and Future of Presidential Debates

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CONTENTS
PREFACEAustin Ranney
1 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE "DEBATES": WHAT CAN WELEARN FROM 1960? Evron M. Kirkpatrick1
To Debate or Not to Debate3
Format: The Ground Rules for Debate13
Impact on Voters24
Impact on Parties and the Political System37
To Have or Not to Have: The Future of Debates44
DISCUSSION51
2 HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF SECTION 315 Nicholas Zapple56
Origins and Early Interpretations of Section 31556
The 1959 Amendment58
The 1960 Suspension of Section 31559
Section 315 from 1961 to 197160
The Campaign Reform Act of 197162
The Aspen Ruling and the 1976 Debates64
Appendix: General Background on the Fairness Doctrine66
DISCUSSION70

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preface *
  • 1 - Presidential Candidate "Debates": What Can We Learn from 1960 1
  • Discussion 51
  • 2 - Historical Evolution of Section 315 56
  • Discussion 70
  • 3 - Presidential Debates: an Empirical Assessment 75
  • Discussion 102
  • 4 - The 1976 Presidential Debates: a Republican Perspective 107
  • Discussion 131
  • 5 - Did the Debates Help Jimmy Carter? 137
  • Discussion 147
  • 6 - The Case for Permanent Presidential Debates 155
  • Discussion 169
  • 7 - Debatable Thoughts on Presidential Debates 175
  • Discussion 187
  • 8 - Presidential Debates: an Overview 191
  • Discussion 206
  • Bibliography 215
  • Contributors 225
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