Machine Politics, Sound Bites, & Nostalgia: On Studying Political Parties

Overview

In August 1991, the Political Organization and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association sponsored a workshop entitled 'Machine Politics, Sound Bites, and Nostalgia: Substantive Issues and Methodological Problems in the Study of Party Organization,' which included a panel of scholars presenting brief papers on research questions and a panel of practitioners responding from their personal experience. The results of these panels are included in this publication. The scholarly perspectives ...

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Overview

In August 1991, the Political Organization and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association sponsored a workshop entitled 'Machine Politics, Sound Bites, and Nostalgia: Substantive Issues and Methodological Problems in the Study of Party Organization,' which included a panel of scholars presenting brief papers on research questions and a panel of practitioners responding from their personal experience. The results of these panels are included in this publication. The scholarly perspectives include papers presented by Leon D. Epstein, Paul S. Herrnson, Charles D. Hadley, Michael Margolis, and Kay Lawson. Applied perspectives from practitioners include comments from Michael Margolis, John Pitney, Lynn Cutler, Mark Strand, Les Frances, and Tom Cole. Co-published with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819188564
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/16/1993
  • Pages: 78
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Margolis is Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. John C. Green is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Akron, and Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
About the Contributors
Pt. 1 Scholarly Perspectives
1 Overview of Research on Party Organizations 1
2 Political Parties and Congressional Elections: Out of the Eighties and into the Nineties 7
3 The Organizational Strength of Political Parties at the County Level: Preliminary Observations from the Southern Grassroots Party Activists Project 20
4 The Importance of Local Party Organization for Democratic Governance 29
5 Questions Raised by Recent Attempts at Local Party Reform 38
Pt. 2 Applied Perspectives
6 Comments by Practitioners 49
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