Political Parties in American Society / Edition 2

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Overview

In this comprehensive introduction to political parties, two leading scholars examine how the party systems works and why it is important, giving students a richer understanding of the role of parties in the American political system. An emphasis on regional variations in parties shows students how local needs impact party structure, and a systemic comparison with foreign systems adds a broader perspective on the American party system.

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An undergraduate textbook explaining the relevance and central importance of the party system in US politics. Elsersveld and Walton both U. of Michigan emphasize the nature of ideological divisions in US society and their link to social cleavages, and how the parties have appealed to and represented the interests of racial and ethnic minorities over the years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312241643
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. About the Authors. 1. Parties in Society: A Theoretical Overview. 2. The U.S. Party System Viewed Comparatively. 3. The American Party System: Origins and Development. 4. Third Parties in American Politics. 5. The Public's Support for the Parties. 6. The National Organization of Our Parties: Revived and Relevant. 7. State and Local Party Structures: Strengthened and Still Relevant. 8. Party Activists: Working Elites with Organizational Links to the Masses. 9. Parties and Leadership Recruitment. 10. Presidential Nominations: The New Model. 11. The Campaign Process. 12. Money and Political Campaigns: The 1996 Debacle. 13. Parties and the Election Process. 14. The New Technologies: How the Parties Have Adapted. 15. Parties and Governance: Making Divided Government Work. 16. The Party System and the Race Problem. 17. Change and Adaption in the American Party System.

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