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New Party Politics From Jefferson and Hamilton to the Information Age

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ISBN-10: 0534560237

ISBN-13: 9780534560232

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: John Kenneth White, Daniel M. Shea

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The authors of this fresh text on American political parties employ an engaging writing style, a strong historical foundation, and a new analogy for understanding party systems in a compelling textbook. White and Shea trace the evolution of parties from the late 18th century through the Information Age, examining the impact of new information technologies throughout the text.
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Book details

List price: $165.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/23/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.34" wide x 9.29" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

About the Authors
Introduction: Rethinking Political Parties in the Information Age
Political Parties in an American Setting
Political Parties: Institutions Americans Love to Hate
Praise from the Ivory Tower
Politics without Parties
The Parties Speak: Gejdenson versus White on the Importance of Political Parties
Three Important Party Distinctions
How Parties Differ from Other Organizations
The Components of American Political Parties
Does the Tripod Work in the Information Age?
What Do Political Parties Seek to Accomplish?
The Battle of the Titans: Hamilton Versus Jefferson
Like God, Parties are not Dead
Further Reading
The Ascendance of Party Politics
The Pre-Party Era
The Colonial Experience
Nascent Parties: Federalists Versus Republicans
Party Rule: 1824-1912
Breakdown and Renewal: The Election of 1824
The Jackson-Van Buren Alliance
The Rise of Mass-Based Politics and the Emergence of the Spoils System
The Interregnum: Parties and the Civil War
The Coming of the Machine
The Parties Speak: A Day in the Life of Party Boss George Washington Plunkitt
The Parties Speak: Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard J. Daley on Patronage
Parties "American Style"
Further Reading
The Decline of Party Politics
"Clean it Up!": The Progressive Movement
Enter the Progressives
The Parties Speak: Robert M. LaFollette, Sr., "The Menace of the Machine" (1897)
Why the Progressive Movement Was Successful
An End to Party Politics?
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal
The New Deal and Party Politics
Political Parties and the Cold War
The Rise of Interest Groups
The Interest Group Explosion
The Rise of Candidate-Centered Politics
Party Activist versus Professional Consultant
Party Member versus Nonpartisan Candidate
The Parties Speak: Ed Rollins and the "Campaign from Hell"
Party Affiliation versus Voting Choice
The Parties Speak: Louis LaPolla, "The Pothole Mayor," A Case Study in Ambition
A Partyless Age?
Further Reading
Party Organizations in the Twenty-First Century
Organizational Adjustment and Growth
The Rebirth of the Republican National Committee
The Democratic National Committee Plays Catch-Up
New Technologies in the Information Age
The Emergence of Legislative Campaign Committees
The Hill Committees
The Parties Speak: Congressman David Price on the Role of Party in Campaigns
State Legislative Campaign Committees
The Parties Speak: Party Leaders Voice Concerns about Legislative Campaign Committees
Wither the Local Parties?
Evidence of Local Party Renewal
Evidence of Local Party Decline
Revitalists Versus Declinists
Further Reading
Nominating Presidents in the Information Age
What Kind of President?
From John Adams to Bill Clinton: The Problem of Presidential Selection
The Parties Speak: Alexander Hamilton on Choosing an American President
Hamilton's Family Versus Jefferson's Community
The Rise of Nominating Conventions
The Rise of Hamiltonian Nationalism
The McGovern-Fraser Commission
The Parties Speak: The New Republic's Reflections on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the Democratic Party of 1968
Are Primaries and Caucuses Representative?
Republicans Follow the McGovern-Fraser Lead
The Unintended Consequences of the McGovern-Fraser Reforms
The Mikulski and Winograd Commissions
Enter the Superdelegates
Looking to 2000
Further Reading
Party Brand Loyalty and the American Voter
The Importance of Party Indentification
Measuring Party Identification
Is Party Identification Obsolete?
The Making of an Idea: Party Realignment
V. O. Key and Party Realignment
The Parties Speak: V. O. Key and the Theory of Party Realignment
Party Realignment: The Death of a Concept?
The Parties Speak: Everett C. Ladd, Like Waiting for Godot, the Uselessness of Party Realignment
Where are the Voters Going?
The End of the New Deal Coalition
Here Come the Ticket-Splitters
Party Coalitions in the Clinton Era
The Gender Gap
Divided Government
What's Left for Parties?
Further Reading
State and Local Parties: Mom-and-Pop Shops in the Information Age
State and Local Parties in the Information Age
Regulating State Parties
Party Structure
A Network of Allied Party Groups
The Parties Speak: David Rehr on the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the GOP
Who Belongs?
Primary Voters
Officials in the Party Organization
Local Political Culture
The Parties Speak: The "Amateur Democrats"
What State and Local Parties Do
Manifest Party Functions
Nassau County Republicans: A Machine That Keeps on Ticking
The Kings County Republican Committee: Fighting the Nonpartisan Tide
The Loudoun County Democrats: An Information Age Revival Story
Dare County Democratic Committee: Hoping for a Policy Makeover
State and Local Parties, Computers, and the Internet
Desktop Tools
State Parties on the Net
Computers to the Rescue?
Republican State Committee Web Sites as of 1998
Democratic State Committee Web Sites as of 1998
Further Reading
Campaign Finance and Information Age Political Parties
A Brief Look at Money in Elections
Money as a Supplement to Party Activities (1790s to 1880s)
The Rise of Corporate Politics (1880s to 1950s)
Media-Centered Elections (1960s to the Present)
Efforts to Regulate the Flow of Money in Elections
Meaningful Reform: Watergate and Federal Reforms
A Challenge in the Courts: Buckley v. Valeo
The Rise of PACs
Creative Party Finances in the Information Age
Issue Advocacy
The Parties Speak: Ten Myths about Money in Politics
Independent Expenditures
Hard and Soft Money
Transfers to State Party Committees
Funding Nominating Conventions
The Future of Party Finance in America
Further Reading
Elected Officials: The Reluctant Sales Force of the Party System
The Parties Speak: The 1994 House Republicans' Contract with America
The President as Party Leader
The Party in Congress
The Parties Speak: Toward a More Responsible Two-Party System
The Contract with America
The Parties Speak: The House Judiciary Committee on the Question of Impeachment
The Rise of the Public Speakership
Hamilton's Congress?
Further Reading
Third Parties and the Information Age: The Orphans of American Politics
The Third-Party Paradox
Institutional Barriers
American Political Culture
The Momentum of History
The Parties Speak: Benjamin C. Bubar, 1976 and 1980 Prohibition Party Presidential Nominee
Significant Third parties in American History
The Anti-Mason Party
The Free-Soil Party
The American (Know-Nothing) Party
The Greenback and Populists (People's) Parties
The Progressives: 1912-1924
The Parties Speak: William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" Speech Presented to the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 8, 1896
Henry Wallace and the Progressive Party of 1948
State's Rights Party (1948) and the American Independent Party (1968)
The Reform Party
Third Parties in the Information Age
An Explosion of Minor Parties
Changes in Voter Attitudes toward Minor Parties
Minor Parties and the Internet
Jefferson, Hamilton, and the Future of Third Parties in America
The Parties Speak: Ventura Win Marks Dawn of New Era: Age of Digital Politics
Further Reading
Conclusion: Hamilton's Triumph and the Advent of the "Base-Less" Party System
The 1998 Election and the "Base-Less" Party System
Party Politics in the Next Millennium
Voter Trends
Organizational Developments
Legislative Politics
New Laws
Minor Parties