New Book Pulls the Curtain Back on Cities Hosting Political Conventions

Sunday, July 1, 2018

 A new book by Eric Heberlig and Suzanne Leland (University of North Carolina-Charlotte) and David Swindell (Arizona State University) examines the decisions by contemporary American cities to bid on and host one of the quadrennial major political party conventions. American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions examines the planning that goes into the decision to bid on conventions and the logistical efforts necessary or those cities that actually win the bid. The authors also explore the possible benefits associated with hosting such mega events in terms of the political fortunes of local leaders, citizens’ satisfaction with being in the national limelight, the economic impacts they may or may not accrue to the hometown, and the marketing value of being the political capital of the world’s attention for four days. While the book examines party conventions back to the early 1990s, it also provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day operations of political convention hosting through extensive interviews with public administrators, local leaders, and national party officials responsible for hosting the 2012 National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.