America's Choice 2000 attempts to make sense of the longest running, most fiercely contested and, ultimately, closest race in the history of presidential elections. What had been an earnest if predictable general election campaign morphed into a post-election day series of controversies that tested the nation's electoral processes, its courts, and its democratic culture. Eventually, of course, a winner was declared and the nation went about its business, however not before fundamental questions were raised as to the nature of the vote and voter intent and both the standards and processes used to decide elections. These issues will be with us for years to come. By any standard, it was a historic election whose full consequences are yet to be appreciated.America's Choice 2000 carefully sifts through the competing claims and strategies, reviews what occurred and offers some assessments as to the quality of the campaign, the nature of the final decision and the meaning this has to the nation. Crotty includes chapters devoted to the Courts' unprecedented role in Election 2000, an examination of the public opinion during the key events of the general campaign, as well as a chapter detailing the results of key state and local elections as well as the congressional races.

chapter One|35 pages

The Election of 2000: Close, Chaotic, and Unforgettable

ByWilliam Crotty

chapter Two|43 pages

Elections by Judicial Fiat: The Courts Decide

ByWilliam Crotty

chapter Three|16 pages

Political Participation in American Elections: Who Decides What?

ByM. Margaret Conway

chapter Four|20 pages

The Presidential Primaries: Triumph of the Frontrunners

ByWilliam Crotty

chapter Five|23 pages

The Curious and Close Presidential Campaign of 2000

ByJames E. Campbell

chapter Six|25 pages

The Congressional Races: Continuing Battleground for the Parties

ByJohn S. Jackson

chapter Seven|17 pages

The State and Local Elections: Politics Beyond the Beltway

ByMalcolm E. Jewell

chapter Eight|27 pages

The Election in Perspective: Two Nations, Four Parties

ByJohn Kenneth White