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Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America
     

Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America

by Jacqueline S. Salit
 

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ISBN-10: 0230339123

ISBN-13: 2900230339124

Pub. Date: 08/07/2012

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years – and how they'll decide the future of American politics.

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack

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A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years – and how they'll decide the future of American politics.

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack Obama in 2008 and then, in a seeming reversal, gave control of Congress to the Republicans in 2010. But who are these independents? Angry moderates? Frustrated ideologues? The base for the third party? Reformers or revolutionaries? Jacqueline Salit has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders. She recounts the little-known history of this volatile force as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant – even repugnant – to many Americans. An architect of unorthodox left/right coalitions within the Perot movement and Reform Party, and manager of Michael Bloomberg's three New York mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, Salit explores how these unclaimed voters are not only deciding elections, but reshaping the political landscape. With a surprising cast of characters – from the famous to the unknown – Salit argues that the failure to heed this movement against partisanship (and even parties) puts political careers at risk and damages essential features of American democracy. She reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound moment in the sun.

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ISBN-13:
2900230339124
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
256

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 1992: A Year of Awkward Contradictions 15

2 Populism vs. Centrism: The Complicated Birth of a Third Party 31

3 Against Ideology: The Right Wing's Brief Encounter with the Independent Movement 49

4 From Party Building to Anti-Party Building 67

5 Bloomberg's Dilemma, Part 1 85

6 The Power of Fusion 115

7 Bloomberg's Dilemma, Part 2 129

8 The Parties vs. the People 161

9 Black America and Independent Politics 185

10 Up for Grabs 197

Acknowledgments 209

Notes 213

Bibliography 227

Index 231

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