Questia Reading Room: Honoring election season with free books on politics and voting

2012 presidential elections

Election Day is November 6th! To help you gain some fascinating background on voting through the ages, we’re sharing 15 of our most popular books on elections and politics. We were even able to quickly create a perfect MLA bibliography using Quesita’s handy bibliography tool! Did you know Questia will automatically generate your bibliography in MLA, APA or Chicago format? Be sure to try it out as you work on your next research paper or project. (And, hey, why not choose a political topic with all this free, librarian-selected research?)

Electronic ElectionsAlvarez, R. Michael, and Thad E. Hall. Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promises of Digital Democracy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Losers ConsentAnderson, Christopher J., Andre Blais, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan, and Ola Listhaug. Losers’ Consent: Elections and Democratic Legitimacy. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2005. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


The Myth of the Rational VoterCaplan, Bryan. The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.



The Formation of NationalChhibber, Pradeep, and Ken Kollman. The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2004. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Do Political Campaigns Matter?Farrell, David M., and Rudiger Schmitt-Beck, eds. Do Political Campaigns Matter? : Campaign Effects in Elections and Referendums. London: Routledge, 2002. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Choices and ChangesFranz, Michael M. Choices and Changes: Interest Groups in the Electoral Process. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 2008. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.



The Democracy Index
Gerken, Heather K. The Democracy Index: Why Our Election System Is Failing and How to Fix It. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2009. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges
Gunther, Richard, Jose Ramon Montero, and Juan J. Linz, eds. Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2002. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Moved to Action
Han, Hahrie. Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2009. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


The Persuadable Voter
Hillygus, D. Sunshine, and Todd G. Shields. The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2008. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Leaders' Personalities and the Outcomes of Democratic Elections
King, Anthony, ed. Leaders’ Personalities and the Outcomes of Democratic Elections. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2002. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


The Affect EffectNeuman, W. Russell, George E. Marcus, Ann N. Crigler, and Michael Mackuen, eds. The Affect Effect: Dynamics of Emotion in Political Thinking and Behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Parties and Party SystemsSartori, Giovanni. Parties and Party Systems: A Framework for Analysis. Colchester, England: ECPR, 2005. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.



The Winning Message
Simon, Adam F. The Winning Message: Candidate Behavior, Campaign Discourse, and Democracy. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2002. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies
Webb, Paul, David Farrell, and Ian Holliday, eds. Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2002. Questia. Web. 22 Oct. 2012.


Enjoy access to this content free for a whole month, and be sure to cast your vote in November to make your voice heard this election season!

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