The Past and Future of Presidential Debates

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CONTRIBUTORS

STEVEN H. CHAFFEE is Vilas Research Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published several books and articles on the role of mass communications in American society and politics.

RICHARD B. CHENEY served as White House chief of staff to President Ford from 1974 to 1976. In 1978 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Wyoming.

JACK DENNIS is professor and chairman of the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published a number of books and articles on political socialization and on popular support for the institutions of democratic government.

JACK W. GERMOND and JULES WITCOVER have since 1977 written a daily syndicated column on national politics appearing in more than eighty newspapers across the country. Mr. Germond is former Washington bureau chief for the Gannett newspapers and assistant managing editor of the Washington Star. Mr. Witcover has written several books, of which the most recent is Marathon: The Pursuit of the Presidency, 1972-1976.

JAMES KARAYN was the director of the 1976 presidential debates for the League of Women Voters. He is currently president and general manager of WHYY, Inc., in Philadelphia and executive director of Campaign '78 Survey Debate Project.

EVRON. M. KIRKPATRICK has been executive director of the American Political Science Association since 1954 and professorial lecturer in

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Table of contents

  • 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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