The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 / Edition 1

The Idea of a Party System: The Rise of Legitimate Opposition in the United States, 1780-1840 / Edition 1

by Richard Hofstadter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520017544

ISBN-13: 9780520017542

Pub. Date: 07/01/1970

Publisher: University of California Press


This work traces the historical processes in thought by which American political leaders slowly edged away from their complete philosophical rejection of a party and hesitantly began to embrace a party system. In the author's words, "The emergence of legitimate party opposition and of a theory of politics that accepted it was something new in the history of the…  See more details below

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This work traces the historical processes in thought by which American political leaders slowly edged away from their complete philosophical rejection of a party and hesitantly began to embrace a party system. In the author's words, "The emergence of legitimate party opposition and of a theory of politics that accepted it was something new in the history of the world; it required a bold new act of understanding on the part of its contemporaries and it still requires study on our part." Professor Hofstadter's analysis of the idea of party and the development of legitimate opposition offers fresh insights into the political crisis of 1797-1801, on the thought of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, and other leading figures, and on the beginnings of modern democratic politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520017542
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/01/1970
Series:
Jefferson Memorial Lecture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

Party and Opposition in the Eighteenth Century
A Constitution Against Parties
The Jeffersonians in Opposition
The Transit of Power
The Quest for Unanimity
Toward a Party System

Index

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