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Virtual Issue: Federalism and American Elections

This virtual issue of Publius, edited by Andrew Busch, features eight articles published in Publius during the twenty-first century that examine “the relationship between federalism and electoral politics in the United States,” along with a brief essay introducing the articles. These articles address various topics, including the development and impact of the Electoral College, electoral-reform measures such as the Help American Vote Act of 2002, the role that federalism issues have played in presidential and congressional campaigns, and the impact of various factors and decisions on presidential election outcomes. This virtual issue will be of much interest to scholars of American federalism and elections and will also provide perspective and generate insights regarding the 2016 U.S. elections and campaigns. The articles should also prove useful for classroom use, given that they are accessible at no cost through June 20, 2017.

Introduction to the Virtual Issue: Federalism and American Elections

Andrew Busch 
Virtual Issue Exclusive

Federalism and the Electoral College: The Development of the General Ticket Method for Selecting Presidential Electors
Robert E. Ross. Publius (2016) 46 (2): 147-169.

Federal Roadblocks: The Constitution and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact 
Ian J. Drake. Publius (2014) 44 (4): 681-701.

National Election Cycles and the Intermittent Political Safeguards of Federalism
Sean Nicholson-Crotty. Publius (2008) 38 (2): 295-314.

George W. Bush, the Party System, and American Federalism
Sidney M. Milkis and Jesse H. Rhodes. Publius (2007) 37 (3): 478-503.

HAVA and the States
Sarah F. Liebschutz and Daniel J. Palazzolo. Publius (2005) 35 (4): 497-514.

The Strategic Importance of State-Level Factors in Presidential Elections
Richard J. Powell. Publius (2004) 34 (3): 115-130.

What Role Does the “Federalism Bonus” Play in Presidential Selection?
Randall E. Adkins and Kent A. Kirwan. Publius (2002) 32 (4): 71-90.

Federalism in the 2000 Presidential Election
Troy E. Smith. Publius (2001) 31 (3): 71-95.

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