Politicians and Party Politics

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The study of political parties has usually focused on the organizations themselves and their roles in government and politics. Politicians and Party Politics shifts the spotlight to the individuals who make up political parties — the politician as member of a political party, the politician as part of the political process, and the politician in relation to his or her constituents. With thirteen essays from a distinguished group of contributors, this volume examines how politicians as party members motivate ...

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Overview

The study of political parties has usually focused on the organizations themselves and their roles in government and politics. Politicians and Party Politics shifts the spotlight to the individuals who make up political parties — the politician as member of a political party, the politician as part of the political process, and the politician in relation to his or her constituents. With thirteen essays from a distinguished group of contributors, this volume examines how politicians as party members motivate voters, how they conduct campaigns, and how they behave in government.

With interests ranging from public opinion research to democratic theory, the contributors bring a wide array of new theories and new data to bear on age-old problems. They offer a new way to think about party coalitions, question the benefits of two-party competition, and focus on politics as a vocation. By putting the politician center stage and examining issues from a variety of viewpoints, this insightful volume advances the argument that, to understand party politics, one must understand the motives and actions of politicians themselves.

Contributors: Larry M. Bartels, Robert A. Dahl, James DeNardo, John G. Geer, Fred I. Greenstein, Ikuo Kabashima, Stanley Kelley, Jr., Jonathan S. Krasno, David R. Mayhew, Walter F. Murphy, Gerald M. Pomper, Thomas R. Rochon, Carol M. Swain, and John Zaller

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Offers new perspectives on party politics and the behavior of politicians, parties, and interest groups. Discusses the alleged decline of American parties, mobilization of the African-American electorate from 1952 to 1992, electoral selection and incumbency advantage, the myth of the presidential mandate, and the rise and decline of the Congressional Black Caucus. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801858468
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 385
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.83 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

John G. Geer is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University and the author of From Tea Leaves to Opinion Polls.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 A Call for New Perspectives 3
2 The Alleged Decline of American Parties 14
Pt. I Mobilizing
3 Where the Ducks Are: Voting Power in a Party System 43
4 The Turnout Crash of 1972: Hard-Won Lessons in Electoral Interpretation 80
5 Movement and Aftermath: Mobilization of the African American Electorate, 1952-1992 102
Pt. II Campaigning
6 Politicians as Prize Fighters: Electoral Selection and Incumbency Advantage 125
7 Campaigns, Party Competition, and Political Advertising 186
8 Interpreting the 1994 Elections 218
Pt. III Governing
9 Myth of the Presidential Mandate 239
10 Clinton, the 103d Congress, and Unified Party Control: What Are the Lessons? 259
11 The Rise and Decline of the Congressional Black Caucus 294
12 May Constitutional Democracies "Outlaw" a Political Party? 309
Conclusion
13 Politics as Vocation: Variations on Weber 337
14 The Expanding Universe of Party Politics 365
Contributors 371
Index of Names 373
Subject Index 383
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