Multiparty Politics in America

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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.

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John Anderson
The authors in Multiparty Politics in America do more than simply report the phenomenon of increased interest in a multiparty system. They identify the critical factors and kaleidoscopic changes that are in play which, I believe, produce the real possibility of a new party structure for a new century.
Ralph Nader
Whether you are in favor of multiparty politics or support the present two-party duopoly or are civically curious about thoughts, trends, and practices shaking up the current political party status quo, this book is your kind of menu. Multiparty Politics in America is a collection of scholarly, critical, and pragmatic viewpoints on all sides of this emerging grand debate in our country. Editors Paul S. Herrnson and John C. Green deserve kudos for preparing such an up-to-date and digestible cuisine.
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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Pt. I Possibilities
1 Multiparty Politics in America: Possibilities and Performance 3
2 Two-Party Dominance and Minor-Party Forays in American Politics 9
3 The Case for a Multiparty System 31
4 In Defense of the Two-Party System 45
5 Public Opinion and the American Party System: Possibilities for Multiparty Politics 59
Pt. II Performance
6 Running against the Odds: Minor-Party Campaigns in Congressional and State Legislative Elections 79
7 The Rise and Decline of the Reform Party, 1992-2000 99
8 Sharing the Spoils: Ralph Nader, the Green Party, and the Elections of 2000 125
9 Multiparty Politics in New York 145
10 Barriers to Minor-Party Success and Prospects for Change 161
References 175
Index 187
About the Editors and Contributors 197
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