Multiparty Politics in America / Edition 2by Paul S. Herrnson
Pub. Date: 02/28/2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
In the wake of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, and other "third" party and independent candidates that ran in the 1996 election, this collection of original essays by leading political scientists and third party officials is must reading for individuals interested in American politics. "Multiparty Politics in America" examines the roles that third parties have played in U.S. elections past and present and their prospects for the future. It presents unique and detailed coverage of the Reform, Green, and Libertarian parties' goals and campaign strategies; discusses the kinds of reforms that would help them become more viable; and advances the debate over whether the U.S. should have a two-party or multiparty system.
Author Biography: Paul S. Herrnson is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. John C. Green is director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Foreword: Is the Party Over? Chapter 2 Making or Repeating History? American Party Politics at the Dawn of a New Century Part 3 Possibilities Chapter 4 Two-Party Dominance and Minor-Party Forays in American Politics Chapter 5 The Impact of New Parties on Party Systems: Lessons for America from European Multiparty Systems Chapter 6 The Case for a Multiparty System Chapter 7 In Defense of the Two-Party System Part 8 Performance Chapter 9 Surviving Perot: The Origins and Future of the Reform Party Chapter 10 Taking the "Abnormal" Route: Backgrounds, Beliefs, and Political Activities of Minor Party Candidates Chapter 11 Multiparty Politics in New York Part 12 Prospects Chapter 13 The Libertarian Party: A Pragmatic Approach to Party Building Chapter 14 The Reform Party: An Issue-Driven Awakening Chapter 15 The Green Party: Global Politics at the Grassroots Chapter 16 Institutional Obstacles to a Multiparty System Chapter 17 Barriers to Minor Party Success and Prospects for Change
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