Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996 / Edition 1

Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996 / Edition 1

by John Gerring
     
 

This book challenges traditional notions of American party politics and political culture. Usually, American politics is looked on as relatively consensual and nonideological, but John Gerring argues that American party history and, by extension, American political history at large have been irreducibly ideological. He contends that the major parties have articulated… See more details below

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This book challenges traditional notions of American party politics and political culture. Usually, American politics is looked on as relatively consensual and nonideological, but John Gerring argues that American party history and, by extension, American political history at large have been irreducibly ideological. He contends that the major parties have articulated views that were, and are, coherent, differentiated, and stable. The argument rests on evidence provided by election rhetoric - speeches, party platforms, and other campaign tracts disseminated by party leaders during presidential campaigns. Using these texts, Professor Gerring traces the values, beliefs, and issue-positions that have defined party life from the 1830s to the 1990s. Party Ideologies in America, 1828-1996 thus presents a historical synthesis of mainstream party politics from the birth of competitive parties to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521785907
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
Pt. IIntroduction: The Existence of Party Ideology
1Arguments3
2Rethinking the Role of Ideology in American Party Life22
Pt. IIThe Whig-Republican Party
3The National Epoch (1828-1924)57
4The Neoliberal Epoch (1928-1992)125
Pt. IIIThe Democratic Party
5The Jeffersonian Epoch (1828-1892)161
6The Populist Epoch (1896-1948)187
7The Universalist Epoch (1952-1992)232
Pt. IVConclusions: Sources of Party Ideology
8What Drives Ideological Change?257
Epilogue: 1996276
App.: The Search for a Method287
Selected Bibliography299
Index335

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