Ch 14 The Campaign Process - Study Questions (with Answers) & Multiple Choice Questions

Study Questions (with Answers)

Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the present primary and caucus system of selecting national convention delegates. Would you favor a move to a different system, or prefer to keep the process as is? Be specific, and explain.

How has campaigning changed in the modern high-tech society? Evaluate how technology has changed campaigning. Are these changes good or bad for American society?

Describe the significance of money in a modern presidential election campaign. How does the government regulate the fund-raising and expenditures of presidential campaigns? Is the government regulation adequate? Explain.

Describe the variety of specific proposed reforms to the campaign finance rules after the Federal Election Campaign Act. What are the arguments for and against several of the proposals?

Describe and evaluate the role of money in political campaigns, and its impact on the distribution of political power in America.

Explain how a political action committee works. How are political action committees regulated? Evaluate the influence of political action committees.

Evaluate political campaigns in America in terms of their role in the democratic process. How do they make our system more democratic? What limits campaigns from making our system more democratic?

Fully discuss political action committees including their role in financing campaigns, advocating candidates or issues, and discuss whether they are a good or bad aspect of the prospect.

Using explicit examples from the 2004 presidential election, discuss the effect of campaign finance laws.

Discuss the changing nature of campaign finance.

Discuss negative campaign advertising? Why do candidates engage in it? Does it work? Explain.

Describe the three key effects campaigns can have on voters, and note which two of the three are most significant, and why. If you were running a campaign, what would be your emphasis? Why?