Rowan Political Science Professor to Discuss Presidential Campaign Issues During Nov. 1 Lecture and BooksigningOctober 18, 2004
Rowan University political science professor Dr. Larry Butler will discuss his recently released book, "Claiming the Mantle: How Presidential Nominations Are Won and Lost Before the Votes Are Cast," and answer questions about the presidential campaign during a Monday, November 1, lecture and booksigning at the Rowan University Bookstore.
During the 10:45 a.m. event, Butler will discuss the presidential nomination process as outlined in his book and answer audience questions about the current status of the race for the U.S. presidency, each party?s homestretch strategies and what voters can expect to see and hear from the Republican and Democratic candidates in the days and weeks to come. The author will sign copies of his book following the question-and-answer session.
In his new book "Claiming the Mantle" (Westview Press, $20), Butler argues that changes designed to bring greater democracy to the presidential nomination process have come full circle to the ?political machine? and ?party boss? selections of the past. Once again, party bosses choose nominees, in most instances, before the first votes are cast in Iowa and New Hampshire. The only real difference, according to the book, is that the group of choosers has expanded to include fundraisers, political consultants, interest group leaders and party activists in key states.
?On paper, voters get to pick the presidential nominees, but in recent elections it seems like the race is over before it even starts,? Butler said. ?'Claiming the Mantle' explains how the presidential nomination process has gotten to this point and why some candidates rise to the top before the primaries, while others fall by the wayside.?
A Rowan professor since 2001, Butler earned a doctoral degree in politics from Princeton University, master?s degrees in political science and economics from George Washington University and George Mason University, respectively, and a bachelor?s degree in economics from Washington & Lee University. He currently teaches Rowan courses in American government, Congress, campaigns and elections, the Presidency, political science research methods, and political parties and interest groups.
The November 1 lecture and booksigning, to be held at the Rowan University Bookstore,
201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, are free and open to the public.