Political Parties and the State : The American Historical Experience / Edition 1

Political Parties and the State : The American Historical Experience / Edition 1

by Martin Shefter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691000441

ISBN-13: 9780691000442

Pub. Date: 12/27/1993

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book collects a number of Martin Shefter's most important articles on political parties. They address three questions: Under what conditions will strong party organizations emerge? What influences the character of parties--in particular, their reliance on patronage? In what circumstances will the parties that formerly dominated politics in a nation or city

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This book collects a number of Martin Shefter's most important articles on political parties. They address three questions: Under what conditions will strong party organizations emerge? What influences the character of parties--in particular, their reliance on patronage? In what circumstances will the parties that formerly dominated politics in a nation or city come under attack? Shefter's work exemplifies the "new institutionalism" in political science, arguing that the reliance of parties on patronage is a function not so much of mass political culture as of their relationship with public bureaucracies.

The book's opening chapters analyze the circumstances conducive to the emergence of strong political parties and the changing balance between parties and bureaucracies in Europe and America. The middle chapters discuss the organization and exclusion of the American working classes by machine and reform regimes. The book concludes by examining party organizations as instruments of political control in the largest American city, New York.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691000442
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/27/1993
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Pages:
316
Sales rank:
833,390
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
Ch. 1Political Parties and States3
Pt. IParty and Patronage in Europe and America19
Ch. 2Patronage and Its Opponents: A Theory and Some European Cases21
Ch. 3Party, Bureaucracy, and Political Change in the United States61
Pt. IIEconomic Interests and Political Organization in the United States99
Ch. 4Trade Unions and Political Machines: The Organization and Disorganization of the American Working Class101
Ch. 5Regional Receptivity to Reform in the United States169
Pt. IIIPolitical Parties and Political Control195
Ch. 6Political Incorporation and Political Extrusion: Party Politics and Social Forces in Postwar New York197
Ch. 7New York City's Fiscal Crisis: Countering the Politics of Mass Mobilization233
Notes259
Author Index293
Subject Index297

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