Stormy Weather: The New Hampshire Primary and Presidential Politics (Book Title)


Program Description:

New Hampshire: First in the presidential primaries, it sets the stage and affects candidates' odds of success or failure. Every four years, this small, proudly distinctive state is the center of America's political universe. Candidates' performances, especially in comparison to expectations, influence the competition for the country's highest office. Scala explains the importance and peculiarities of New Hampshire, providing both historical context and insights, based on extensive interviews, into the tensions between local politics and the national agendas of candidates. New Hampshire's sympathy for reformist candidates has the paradoxical effect of jumpstarting the campaigns of those candidates least representative of voters nationally, and Scala explores the tremendous implications for presidential politics. Scala explains what it takes for candidates to make the Granite State a launching pad rather than a crash landing. (Palgrave MacMillian 2003)


Dante Scala

Dante Scala is an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire and a research fellow at the NH Institute of Politics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2000. His research interests include campaigns and elections, voting behavior, political demographics, and American political development.

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