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This year's presidential election is of particular interest to these six political science department members. Their thoughts on the race for the White House go beyond headlines, sound bytes and photo ops to fundamental questions, historical trends and the significance of the election far into the future.
Congress as an issue in the 1996 campaign
by Michael Hayes

If voters cast their ballots for the party closest to their ideologies, vote-maximizing parties will find it rational to move to the political center.



If Clinton wins a second term, a momentous generational change will be ratified. Are we ready for the younger generation to take over?

Generational politics in the '96 election
by Robert Kraynak


Fifty-one elections
by Tim Byrnes

National polls, and even nationwide votes, are important indicators of political strength. But they don't get you moved into the White House.



I'm watching the elections of 1996 to determine the meaning of the elections of 1994.

Making sense of 1994
by Stan Brubaker


A government of the selfish, by the selfish, and for the selfish?
by Berry Shain

...this year, unlike 1992 when it was the 'New Democratic' Presidential Candidate Bill Clinton who was the source of fresh thinking, it is the Republican Party that is the source of the newest and most controversial ideas.



Many citizens see presidential elections as irrelevant to their lives, or even as symptoms of what's wrong with politics.

Waiting for the next 'Great Campaign'
by Michael Johnston