Presidential Party Building Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush

ISBN-10: 0691136939
ISBN-13: 9780691136936
Edition: 2010
Authors: Daniel J. Galvin
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List price: $71.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Modern presidents are usually depicted as party "predators" who neglect their parties, exploit them for personal advantage, or undercut their organizational capacities. Challenging this view,Presidential Party Buildingdemonstrates that every Republican president since Dwight D. Eisenhower worked to build his party into a more durable political organization while every Democratic president refused to do the same. Yet whether they supported their party or stood in its way, each president contributed to the distinctive organizational trajectories taken by the two parties in the modern era.Unearthing new archival evidence, Daniel Galvin reveals that Republican presidents responded to their party's minority status by building its capacities to mobilize voters, recruit candidates, train activists, provide campaign services, and raise funds. From Eisenhower's "Modern Republicanism" to Richard Nixon's "New Majority" to George W. Bush's hopes for a partisan realignment, Republican presidents saw party building as a means of forging a new political majority in their image. Though they usually met with little success, their efforts made important contributions to the GOP's cumulative organizational development. Democratic presidents, in contrast, were primarily interested in exploiting the majority they inherited, not in building a new one. Until their majority disappeared during Bill Clinton's presidency, Democratic presidents eschewed party building and expressed indifference to the long-term effects of their actions.Bringing these dynamics into sharp relief,Presidential Party Buildingoffers profound new insights into presidential behavior, party organizational change, and modern American political development.

Preface
Introduction: A Common Half-Truth
A Theory of Presidential Party Building
The Republicans
Building a Modern Republican Party
Building the New Majority
The Politics of Addition
Building the Republican Base
Leveling the Playing Field
The Democrats
Operation Support
The President's Club
Alternative Priorities
Culmination and Reversal
Conclusion: Presidents, Parties, and the Political System
Afterword: George W. Bush and Beyond
Appendix: Methods and Sources
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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