Politics, Professionalism, and Power: Modern Party Organization and the Legacy of Ray C. Bliss

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This book examines the role of increased professionalism in the growth of both the Republican and Democratic national parties, beginning with Republican National Committee Chairman Ray C. Bliss in the 1960s. It analyzes how an increased application of professional values has contributed to the continued growth of national party organizations, despite recurring constraints in party policymaking. Contributors: John F. Bibby, Stephen H. Frantzich, John C. Green, James L. Guth, Jon F. Hale, Tim Hames, Paul S. ...
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Overview

This book examines the role of increased professionalism in the growth of both the Republican and Democratic national parties, beginning with Republican National Committee Chairman Ray C. Bliss in the 1960s. It analyzes how an increased application of professional values has contributed to the continued growth of national party organizations, despite recurring constraints in party policymaking. Contributors: John F. Bibby, Stephen H. Frantzich, John C. Green, James L. Guth, Jon F. Hale, Tim Hames, Paul S. Herrnson, Robert J. Huckshorn, John H. Kessel, Philip A. Klinkner, Joseph I. Lieberman, David Menefee-Libey, Lawrence F. O'Brien, Arthur L. Peterson, John J. Pitney, Jr., George C. Roberts, Frederick M. Wirt. Co-published with the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Author Biography: John C. Green is Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and Associate Professor of Political Science.

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Editorial Reviews

William B. Pendergast
These essays contain a wealth of significant information and perceptive analysis relating to national political organizations with emphasis on the Republican experience. The special virtue of the volume is the fact that the authors are people with first-hand knowledge of their subjects drawn from personal involvement and close observation. The book will reward not only students of the party system but also any citizen who, like Ross Perot, wants a look 'under the hood' at a part of the engine of government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819193520
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/15/1994
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

John C. Green is Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron and Associate Professor of Political Science.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
Preface
About the Contributors
1 Politics, Professionalism, and Power: Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Bliss Model of Party Organization
2 Party Leadership, The Bliss Model, and the Development of the Republican National Committee 19
3 National Committee Leadership of State and Local Parties 34
4 Ray Bliss and the Development of the Ohio Republican Party During the 1950s 48
5 The Organization Man in Politics: Ray Bliss and the 1960 Election 62
Pt. 2 Ray Bliss and His Contemporaries
6 Ray C. Bliss: Leader or Manager? 81
7 Paul M. Butler and the Democratic Party: Leadership and New Directions in Party Building 93
8 The Modern Political Boss: John M. Bailey of Connecticut 105
9 National Chairman 118
Pt. 3 Party Development after Ray Bliss
10 A Comparison of Out-Party Leaders: Ray Bliss and Bill Brock 135
11 Strengths and Limitations: The Republican National Committee From Bliss to Brock to Barbour 149
12 Embracing Campaign-Centered Politics at the Democratic Headquarters: Charles Manatt and Paul Kirk 167
13 Party Leadership and Party Organizational Change 186
Pt. 4 Factions and Organization
14 Republican Alternatives to the Great Society 205
15 In Search of a Message: Democrats in the Post-Great Society Era 218
16 Controlling the Mischief of Faction: Party Support and Coalition Building Among Party Activists 234
17 He Who Pays the Piper: Party Campaign Contributions, Electoral Competitiveness, and Coherence in Congress 265
Index 283
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