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 home town, 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.
Eric S. Heberlig is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and coauthor (with Bruce A. Larson) of Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control. Suzanne M. Leland is Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and coeditor (with Kurt Thurmaier) of City-County Consolidation: Promises Made, Promises Kept? David Swindell is the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University.