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General Information

Name:  Peter F. Nardulli  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1947 in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated Northern Illinois University and Northwestern Illinois University. He is currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign and resides in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nardulli is the head of the department of Political Science, Professor of Political Science, director for the Center for the Study of Democratic Governance, professor of law, and founding director of the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois in Urbana.

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Titles At Your Library

Courtroom Elite: Organizational Perspective on Criminal Justice
ISBN: 0884107574

HarperCollins Distribution Services. 1979

Study of Criminal Courts: Political Perspectives
ISBN: 0884107973

Ballinger Pub Co. 1979

Politics, Professionalism and Urban Services
ISBN: 0899460763

Oelgeschlager,Gunn & Hain Inc.,U.S.. 1981

Prisons, dollars, and crime

Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois. 1983

The contours of justice: Communities and their courts
ISBN: 0316225509

Little, Brown. 1988

The Contours of Justice provides a framework for describing and understanding criminal courts throughout the United States by depicting the functions of criminal courts in nine middle-sized counties in three states. It integrates concepts from each of the three traditional theoretical approaches to court analysis: the individual, organizational, and environmental approaches. The authors approach the courts as communities composed of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys rather than as "legal institutions" applying formal law. They analyze the differences in culture, technology, physical setting, the customary ways of arriving at guilty pleas, as well as other aspects of the courts. The authors also incorporate information about the political and economic characteristics of the communities that the courts serve, along with the basic functions of scheduling cases and assigning personnel to cases. The portraits of the nine courts present the day-to-day activities of judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys that lead to the decisions about the fates of the defendants brought to the courts. This comparison not only provides a vivid picture of actual court function, but allows an assessment of the process that leads to ideas for reform.

ISBN: 0252014634

University of Illinois Press. 1988

Criminal Courts and the Guilty Plea Process. Peter F.Nardulli, author. Free tracking.

Popular Efficacy in the Democratic Era: A Reexamination of Electoral Accountability in the United States, 1828-2000
ISBN: 069113393X

Princeton University Press. 2007

Social scientists have long criticized American voters for being "unsophisticated" in the way they acquire and use political information. The low level of political sophistication leaves them vulnerable to manipulation by political "elites," whose sway over voters is deemed incontrovertible and often decisive. In this book, Peter Nardulli challenges the conventional wisdom that citizens are "manageable fools," with little capacity to exercise independent judgment in the voting booth. Rather, he argues, voters are eminently capable of playing an efficacious role in democratic politics and of routinely demonstrating the ability to evaluate competing stewards in a discriminating manner.

Nardulli's book offers a cognitively based model of voting and uses a normal vote approach to analyzing local-level election returns. It examines the entire sweep of United States presidential elections in the democratic era (1828 to 2000), making it the most encompassing empirical analysis of presidential voting to date. Nardulli's analysis separates presidential elections into three categories: those that produce a major, enduring change in voting patterns, those that represent a short-term deviation from prevailing voting patterns, and those in which the dominant party receives a resounding endorsement from the electorate. These "disequilibrating" elections have been routine in American electoral history, particularly after the adoption of the Progressive-Era reforms.

Popular Efficacy in the Democratic Era provides a dramatically different picture of mass-elite linkages than most prior studies of American democracy, and an image of voters as being neither foolish nor manageable. Moreover, it shows why party elites must take proactive steps to provide for the core political desires of voters.

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