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How to run for office and win, how to lobby, how to promote your political cause effectively, how to get involved in electoral and issue campaigns, how to get a job in politics.

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I have been a professor of political science since 1974, and direct a graduate program in professional politics. I have worked on many campaigns in various capacities.


American Association of Political Consultants, American Political Science Association, Caucus for a New Political Science, National Society for Experiential Education, International Political Science Association.


Polity, New Political Science, Policy Studies Journal. Author of Unequal Struggle: Class, Gender, Race, and Power in the US Congress.


PhD, Harvard University, 1975
MA, Harvard University, 1973
BA with Honors, University of Wisconsin, 1964

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2016-04-24 Poly Sci major at UPenn:

Dear Devin,    This is more a question about higher ed than about politics -- but yes, Penn is a highly respected school, and everyone knows that.     That said, if you want to get hired on a political

2016-02-28 percentages:

Well, black votes ARE votes. So of course you want them, if you think you can get them. One could turn your question around and ask why any politician would want to give up a big bloc of votes.    To win

2016-02-28 percentages:

You are right--but people in politics want to know which demographic groups they should try to turn out, and where they need to strengthen their appeals. In the case of the SC primary, people wanted to

2015-04-20 multiple elected positions:

Dear Leo,    The simple answer is "it depends." It depends on which state it is in (since state elections are governed by state law in most respects) and it depends on the offices in question. For example

2014-06-10 Is starting a political party a full time job?:

You would not have to quit your job -- although it would help -- but you would have to have a lot of other people working with you. The rules vary by state, but in general to get a party recognized you


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