The Divided Democrats / Edition 1

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Overview


Why have the Democrats lost five of the last seven presidential elections, even though polls consistently show that more Americans identify with that party than with the Republican party? And why are Democratic presidential nomination races usually so much more bitter and fractious than those held by the Republicans?The answer, argues William Mayer, lies in an important but too often ignored feature of American politics: The Democrats are a more ideologically diverse, less cohesive party than the Republicans and thus have greater difficulty maintaining party unity. After extensively documenting the Democrats’ traditional problems of division and disagreement, Mayer presents evidence suggesting that in recent years the Republican advantage over the Democrats has finally started to narrow—raising important questions about the future of the Republican coalition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813326801
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Transforming American Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


William G. Mayer is assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Foreword
1 Introduction: Party Unity and Presidential Elections 1
2 Do Democratic Rules Make the Nomination Process More Divisive? 11
3 The Divisive Primary Revisited 43
4 Ideological Cohesion in the American Party System 73
5 Ideological Cohesion over Time: The Origin and Evolution of the Party Coalitions 91
6 Group Appeals and the Democratic Coalition 123
7 The Politics of Democratic Disunity 151
Notes 171
Appendix A: Variables Used in the Probit Equations in Chapter 3 183
Appendix B: Measuring Ideological Cohesion 185
Appendix C: Open-Ended Responses on Group-Related Themes and Issues 191
References 193
About the Book and Author 205
Index 207
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