Politics at the Periphery: Third Parties in Two-Party America / Edition 1

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Calling the third party impulse ``alive and kicking,'' Gillespie offers a readable, but not rigorously analyzed, potpourri of history, political science and reportage. Professor of political science at Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., Gillespie argues that, because the major parties are pragmatic and not ideological, they leave space for third parties of more pointed philosophy. However, in contrast to the proportional representation of parliamentary democracies, our winner-take-all electoral system hampers third parties--an issue Gillespie might have emphasized more. He sketches the history of third parties like the Antimasonic Party during their golden age in the 19th century, as well as 20th-century parties like the Progressives and George Wallace's American Independent party. But his analysis of Ross Perot's 1992 presidential campaign is thin, ignoring how Perot orchestrated his entry into the race. He also describes the role of blacks and women in third parties and the impact of third parties on the state and local levels. Interspersed throughout the book are interesting sidebars, such as a chilling interview with a leader of the National Socialist White People's Party. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872498433
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 On the Outside Looking In: Third Parties and the Political Mainstream 6
Ch. 2 Brightly Blazing Candles: Transient National Third Parties in the Nineteenth Century 41
Ch. 3 Candles in the Wind: Transient National Third Parties in the Twentieth Century 80
Ch. 4 Not Whistling Dixie: Women, African-Americans, and the Third-Party Course 140
Ch. 5 Sustained by Faith: Doctrinal Parties 171
Ch. 6 Non-National Significant Others: Important State and Community Parties 226
Ch. 7 What Manner of Men and Women? Beliefs and Personalities of Third-Party Leaders 267
Ch. 8 Looking Back, Looking Ahead: The Third-Party Legacy and the Future 283
Appendix One: Returns from November 3, 1992, Presidential Election 291
Appendix Two: Addresses of Third Parties 293
Appendix Three: Third-Party and Independent Candidacies Receiving at Least One Percent of Popular Vote for President 295
Appendix Four: Third-Party Presence (Excluding Independents) in U.S. Congress 298
Appendix Five: Third-Party and Independent Gubernatorial Popular Elections 302
Appendix Six: Study Statements and Factor Scores 306
Glossary 311
Suggestions for Further Reading 317
Index of Parties, Associations, and People 323
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