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Schultz Releases New Book


Hamline University Political Science Professor David Schultz, noted expert on elections, politics and public policy, announces the publication of his latest book, Election Law and Democratic Theory.

Published by Ashgate Publishing, Election Law and Democratic Theory attempts to make sense out of the many conflicting and often confusing court decisions, scholarships, and questions surrounding how the law regulates campaigns and elections in the United States.

“The most curious feature about election law scholarship and adjudication is the degree to which it is theoretically rudderless,” Schultz writes. “What is missing from the field and court decisions in election law is a theory that ties it all together. Election Law and Democratic Theory is the first book to do that by way of the basic values of American democracy.”

Election Law and Democratic Theory provides a non-partisan, full-length examination of the political theories, principles, and democratic values underlying current election law debates and the regulation of political campaigns and participants in the United States.

Topics covered range from campaign finance reform, voting rights, voter fraud and voter ID, reapportionment and ballot access, to the rights of political parties, the media, corporations, and other players in the system. The book challenges much of the current debate in election law and argues for more discussion and development of a democratic political theory to support and guide election law jurisprudence. The book was released on January 28 and can be found at Amazon.com, though the publisher, and in other bookstores.

Schultz is a professor of political science, organizational leadership, public policy, public administration, and government ethics at Hamline University. He has taught classes on American government and election law for more than 25 years. Schultz is the author and editor of 28 books and more than 100 articles on American politics and law and is a frequently quoted political analyst in the local, national, and international media. Schultz draws on these experiences, plus those working in government and working on political campaigns, to the writing of Election Law and Democratic Theory.