Includes bibliographical references (p. 206-210) and index.
Does the nomination process produce the best candidates? The nomination process produces strong presidential candidates / Stephen J. Wayne -- The current nomination process should be replaced / Larry J. Sabato -- National conventions accomplish a range of goals for parties / Jonathan Mott and Shad Satterthwaite -- National conventions have become fundraising tools for political parties / Fredreka Schouten -- Earlier primaries improve the nomination process / Marie Price -- Earlier primaries give unfair advantages to some states / Cullen Murphy. Should campaign spending be limited? Campaign financing needs to be reformed / Public Agenda -- The current campaign financing system effectively balances many interests / Joseph E. Cantor -- Campaign financing takes advantage of legal loopholes / Anthony Corrado -- Public financing of presidential elections is a waste of taxpayer money / John Samples -- Public election financing should be expanded / Norman J. Ornstein -- Limits on contributions to candidates undermine democracy / Newt Gingrich. Do the media unfairly influence presidential campaigns? The media often unfairly favor one candidate over another / John O'Sullivan -- Media coverage of candidates is generally balanced / Pam Frost Gorder -- The media often distort candidates' positions / Stephen F. Hayes -- Media coverage of candidates is objective / Matt Welch -- Presidential debates limit choice and exclude third parties / Jamin B. Raskin -- Presidential debates are an important component of the election process / Richard Shenkman. Should the electoral college be abolished or reformed? The electoral college should be abolished / John B. Anderson -- Plans to reform the electoral college would harm small states / George Detweiler -- The electoral college strengthens federalism / Michael M. Uhlmann -- The electoral college weakens federalism / Randy Dotinga.