Politicians and Party Politics

Politicians and Party Politics

by John G. Geer, John Geer
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801858468
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
385
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.83(h) x 1.16(d)

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David W. Rohde

Bringing together political scientists with a variety of professional interests, this high-quality collection does indeed provide new perspectives on the subject of party politics.

David W. Rohde, Michigan State University

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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