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Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate

PresdebateHow important are presidential debates today? To answer this question, the authors place modern debates in their cultural and historical context, tracing their origins and development in the American political tradition, from the eighteenth century to the present, and concluding with some thoughtful suggestions for improving their current effectiveness.


  • Kathleen Hall Jamieson, PhD
  • David S. Birdsell