Political Parties and the State: The American Historical Experience [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Political Parties and the State: The American Historical Experience

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Overview

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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Margaret Weir
Shefter's is a unique voice in the study of American politics. [He] offers an original and rich perspective on American political development by pointing to the ways parties and the state shaped the timing and form of political incorporation of key social groups.
Margaret Weir, The Brookings Institution
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresPrefaceCh. 1Political Parties and States3Pt. IParty and Patronage in Europe and America19Ch. 2Patronage and Its Opponents: A Theory and Some European Cases21Ch. 3Party, Bureaucracy, and Political Change in the United States61Pt. IIEconomic Interests and Political Organization in the United States99Ch. 4Trade Unions and Political Machines: The Organization and Disorganization of the American Working Class101Ch. 5Regional Receptivity to Reform in the United States169Pt. IIIPolitical Parties and Political Control195Ch. 6Political Incorporation and Political Extrusion: Party Politics and Social Forces in Postwar New York197Ch. 7New York City's Fiscal Crisis: Countering the Politics of Mass Mobilization233Notes259Author Index293Subject Index297
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