Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America

ISBN-10: 1604264586
ISBN-13: 9781604264586
Edition: 11th 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Edition: 11th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 12/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 286
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Tables, Figures, and Boxes
Preface
Political Parties and the Political System
The Activities of Parties
Recruitment and Selection of Leaders
Representation and Integration of Group Interests
Control and Direction of Government
Parties as a "Dependent Variable"
The Legal-Political System
The Election System
Political Culture and the Parties
A Heterogeneous Nation
Party Organization
The National Committee
The National Chair
Congressional and Senatorial Campaign Committees
State Committees
Local Party Organization
The Changing Parties: "Old Style" and "New Style" Politics
American Parties and Competition and Competition
Characteristics of Parties
Dispersed Power
The Power of Officeholders
Coalitional in Nature
Theoretically Moderate and Inclusive, but Less So in Practice
Ideologically Heterogeneous in Theory, but Less So in Practice
An Interest Group
Party Competition
Presidential Elections
Congressional Elections
State-Level Competition
Party Competition and Issue Positions
The Persistent Two-Party (Not Multiparty) System in America
The Party Condition
Political Parties and the Electoral Process: Nominations
Party Nominating Methods: A Brief History
Caucus
Party Conventions
Direct Primary
Types of Primaries
Closed Primary
Open Primary
Blanket Primary
Nonpartisan Primary
Runoff Primary
An Assessment of the Direct Primary
Presidential Selection
The National Convention
Selection of Delegates
Rules of Delegate Selection
Evaluating Presidential Primary and Caucus-Convention Systems
Front-Loading and Its Effects
Primaries and the End of Party Boss Influence
The Convention Delegates
The Politics of the Convention
The Convention Committees
Selecting the Presidential Ticket
The Media, the Nominating Process, and the Parties
Campaigns and Campaign Finance
Campaign Organization
Campaign Strategy
Do Campaigns Matter?
Issues and Campaigns
Campaign Money
The Regulation of Campaign Finance
Soft Money
Reforming Campaign Finance Reform
Sources of Campaign Financing
Presidential Contests
Congressional Contests
Evaluating the Campaign Finance System
The Congressional Party and the Formation of Public Policy
Congressional Elections
Party Representation in Congress
Do the Parties Differ on Public Policies?
The Parties and Liberal-Labor Legislation
The Sources of Stronger Parties in Government
Party Organization in Congress
Party Conferences
The Speaker of the House
The Floor Leaders
The Whips
The Policy Committees
Informal Party Groups and-Specialized Congressional Caucuses
Factors Influencing the Legislative Success of Party Leaders
National Party Agencies and the Congressional Parties
The President and the Congressional Party
Limits on Presidential Influence
The President and Legislative Leaders
The Minority Party in Congress
The Party in Congress: An Assessment
Party Identification, Partisanship, and Elections
The Origins of Party Identification
The Effects of Party Identification
The Distribution of Party Identification
Party Identification and Voting Behavior
Gender and Religion Gaps in Party Identification
Evidence of the Growing Importance of Party
Is the American Public Polarized?
Voting and Participation; The Diminished Electorate
Who Participates?
Atrophy of the Electorate
Causes of the Early Twentieth-Century Decline
Causes of the Contemporary Decline (and Resurgence) in Turnout
The Nation's Response to Declining Voter Turnout
The American Party System: Problems and Perspectives
The Doctrine of Responsible Parties
National Party Organizations and Platforms
Intraparty Democracy
Congressional Party Organization
Nominations and Elections
Trends in American Politics
Party Organizations Adjust to a Loss of Power
Campaign Management: Image Makers and Technical Experts
The Effort to Strengthen Party Organization
An Era of Party and Governmental Reform
The Escalation of Interest Group Activity
The Nationalization of Politics
The Polarization of Activists and Congress on the Issues
The Decline and Resurgence of Partisanship
Visceral Issues Drive Mass Party Differences
Racial Polarization in Voting
The Public's Declining Confidence in Political Institutions
Prospects for the Parties
Index

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