Buckeye Battleground

Ohio, Campaigns, and Elections in the Twenty-First Century

Daniel J. Coffey, John C. Green, David B. Cohen, and Stephen C. Brooks

Pages: 250

Size: 6 x 9

SKU: 978-1-62922-048-2 Category: Tags: , ,


Buckeye Battleground is the result of a decade’s worth of research at the Bliss Institute on elections in Ohio, with special emphasis on the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, and the 2006 gubernatorial campaign. This book seeks to explain why Ohio is, and has been, at the center of American elections. Using historical analysis, demographic data, and public opinion surveys, the authors demonstrate Ohio’s role as the quintessential “battleground” state in American elections. This title is unique in its approach and coverage.

About the Authors

David B. Cohen is an associate professor of political science and fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. Among others, he teaches courses on the Presidency, Congress, and Homeland Security. His research on executive politics and other topics has been published in a number of scholarly journals and book chapters. He is coeditor of American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism and The Final Arbiter: The Long Term Consequences of Bush v Gore in Law and Politics. He is engaged in a long-term project examining the evolution of the office of the White House chief of staff and is co-authoring a book on the topic. He is a frequent media contributor on national and Ohio politics, as well as a guest speaker for local civic organizations. He is also a board member and former Vice President of Programming of the Akron Press Club.

Daniel Coffey is assistant professor of Political Science and a fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. His areas of expertise include political parties, public opinion, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, and political methodology. His current research projects explore the formation of cultural attitudes as well studies of public opinion on emerging environmental issues, especially global climate change. He is the co-editor of The State of the Parties (5th ed.) with John Green, the Director of the Bliss Institute. He has published articles and book reviews in State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Party Politics, the Northeast Ohio Municipal Leader, and the Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions.

John C. Green is the director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, a post he has held since 1988. He is also a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron. Dr. Green received his PhD in Political Science from Cornell University in 1983 and his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado in 1975. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Green has done extensive research on American religion and politics, political parties, and Ohio politics. He is author of The Faith Factor, coauthor of Buckeye Battleground: Ohio, Campaigns, and Elections in the Twenty-First Century, and editor of The State of the Parties, now in its seventh edition. Dr. Green is a respected analyst of American and Ohio politics, and is widely quoted in the news media.

Stephen C. Brooks is associate professor of political science and the assistant director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. His research focuses upon the role of communication techniques in local elections, negative political advertising and how new media is changing politics.

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Daniel J. Coffey, David B. Cohen, John C. Green, Stephen C. Brooks

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ohio politics; ohio elections; presidential elections; american politics

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