Party Politics in America

ISBN-10: 0321414918

ISBN-13: 9780321414915

Edition: 12th 2007 (Revised)

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Party Politics in Americaanalyzes three primary components of partiesparty organization, party in the electorate, party in governmentand the interaction of these components, especially during election campaigns. Originally written by Frank Sorauf and now authored by Majorie Hershey, the book integrates academic research with contemporary and historical examples to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties have helped to shape our political system.
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List price: $81.60
Edition: 12th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Parties and Party Systems
What Are Political Parties?
A Three-Part Definition of Parties
What Parties Do
The Effects of Party Activity
How Do Parties Differ from Other Political Groups?
How the American Parties Developed
The Emergence of a National Two-Party System
What Do the Parties Stand For?
Parties Are Shaped by Their Environment
The American Two-Party System
The National Party System
The 50 State Party Systems
What Causes a Two-Party System?
Exceptions to the Two-Party Pattern
Will the Two-Party System Continue?
The Political Party as an Organization
The State and Local Party Organizations
What Is a "Strong" Party?
The Legal Environment of the Parties
Levels of Party Organization
The Legendary Party Machines
Local Party Organizations Declined and Then Rebuilt
The State Parties: Newfound Prosperity
Summing Up: How the State and Local Party Organizations Have Transformed
The Parties' National Organizations
The National Parties
Other National Party Groups
Two Paths to Power
What Is the Impact of These Stronger National Parties?
The Limits of Party Organization
Party Activists
What Draws People into Party Activity?
How Do Parties Recruit Activists?
What Kinds of People Become Party Activists?
Party Activists and Democracy
The Political Party in the Electorate
Party Identification
How People Develop Party Identifications
Patterns of Partisanship Over Time
Party Identification and Political Views
Party Identification and Voting
Party Identification and Political Activity
Party Identification and Attitudes Toward the Parties
The Myth of the Independent
Change in the Impact of Party ID
Party Coalitions and Party Change
The American Party Systems
The Social Bases of Party Coalitions
Issues Are Central to the Parties' Coalitions
The Development of the Sixth Party System
Who Votes-and Why It Matters
The Low Turnout in American Elections
The Expanding Right to Vote
Legal Barriers to Voting
The Special Case of Voting Rights for African Americans
Political Influences on Turnout
Turnout: Individual Differences
Why Isn't Voter Turnout Even Higher?
Why Do These Changes in Turnout Matter?
The Challenge to the Parties
Parties, Nominations, and Elections
How Parties Choose Candidates
How the Nomination Process Evolved
The Current Mix of Primaries and Conventions
Types of Primaries
Why Does the Type of Primary Matter?
How Candidates Qualify
What Parties Don't Like About Primaries
The Party Organization Fights Back
Candidates and Voters in the Primaries
The Impact of the Direct Primary
Choosing the Presidential Nominees
The Move to Presidential Primaries
The Race to Win Delegate Votes
Voters' Choices in Presidential Nominations
On to the National Conventions
Who Are the Delegates?
How Media Cover Conventions
Do Conventions Still Have a Purpose?
Should We Reform the Reforms?
The General Election
Elections: The Rules Affect the Results
Campaign Strategy
How Campaigning Has Changed
Do Campaigns Make a Difference?
Candidate-Centered or Party-Centered Campaigns?
Financing the Campaigns
How Much Money Is Spent on Campaigns?
What Is the Impact of Campaign Spending?
Where Does the Money Come From?
Money in State and Local Campaigns
Reform of the Campaign Finance Rules
The Loopholes That Ate the Reforms
What Did the 1970s Reforms Accomplish?
Money in American Politics
The Party in Government
Parties in Congress and State Legislatures
How the Parties Are Organized in Congress
Methods of Party Influence
Party Influence on Legislative Voting
Comparing Party Power in Congress and State Legislatures
The Power of Legislative Parties
The Party in the Executive and the Courts
President and Governor as Party Leaders
Party Leadership and Legislative Relations
Party Influence in Executive Agencies
Traces of Party in the Courts
The Party Within the Executive and the Judge
The Semi-Responsible Parties
The Case for Responsible Party Government
The Case Against Party Government
Party Cohesion and Ideology
Ideology and the American Voter
When Is Party Government Most Likely?
Party Government and Popular Control
The Place of Parties in American Politics
Parties and Their Environment
Party Decline in the 1960s and 1970s
Party Renewal
The Future of Party Politics in America
Conclusion: The Parties' Prospects
Party Politics on the Internet
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