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Public Involvement and the 2000 Nominating Campaign:
Implications for Electoral Reform


by Thomas E. Patterson
Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Presented April 27, 2000
National Press Club, Washington, DC


The Vanishing Voter Project, a study of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, seeks to understand the factors that affect public involvement in the 2000 presidential campaign. Since early November, with the support of a generous grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, we have conducted weekly national polls of 1000 respondents.

  1. Americans' Response to the Nominating Campaign
  2. Policy Implications: Communication in the Nominating Phase
  3. Policy Implications: Alternative Nominating Systems
  4. What Lies Ahead

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