Elections in Pennsylvania

A Century of Partisan Conflict in the Keystone State

By (author) Jack M. Treadway

Paperback - £24.95

Publication date:

15 November 2012

Length of book:

320 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271058610

The most comprehensive state election study ever undertaken, Elections in Pennsylvania provides data and analysis for more than 13,000 general elections and more than 6,000 primary elections held in the state between 1900 and 1998, with a postscript examining in less detail the elections of 2000 and 2002. Included are all elections for president, governor, U.S. senators and representatives, statewide offices, and members of the General Assembly. The extensive period of time covered allows the author to provide an important historical perspective on electoral trends, distinguishing what are genuinely new developments in electoral dynamics and voting behavior in recent decades from what are continuations of patterns earlier in the century.

Elections in Pennsylvania fills an important void in the literature on the political history of the state. In this single volume a reader can find a veritable treasure trove of statistical information on nearly every statewide elected office from 1900 to 2004. Treadway’s analysis of the data reveals important heretofore undiscovered trends in the behavior of Pennsylvania’s voters, and he offers thoughtful and incisive explanations of his findings. This is a significant work that deserves to be read by scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the Keystone State.”

—Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes University