The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties / Edition 6

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Every four years, The State of the Parties brings readers up to date on party action in election years and in between. With the dual themes of continuity and change characterizing the new edition, this essential party primer includes three new chapters on party roles in the 2008 election, a section on the impact of party resources for the campaign, extensive coverage of party mobilization efforts via the Internet and local activity, and new chapters covering topics ranging from Republicans' fall from grace to party governance under Nancy Pelosi to President Obama's role in party politics, and, as always, a distinguished roster of contributors.

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Editorial Reviews

Marjorie R. Hershey
This is an excellent collection of analyses, the most recent in a unique series examining party politics since the early 1990s. The wide range of research findings, dealing with issues ranging from representation to campaign finance, will be essential to students of politics and demonstrates how central the study of party politics is to an understanding of democracy.
Marc Joseph Hetherington
I couldn't be more pleased by how well the Green and Coffey volume supplements current happenings in politics where textbooks are necessarily weak. The newest edition features the most remarkable group of contributors yet. Each chapter provides critical insight in helping us make sense of today's rapidly evolving party system.
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Meet the Author

John C. Green is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. Daniel J. Coffey is assistant professor of political science at The University of Akron and a fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. He has published in State Politics and Policy Quarterly. He studies political parties, public opinion, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, and research methods.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Introduction: The State of the Parties: Change and Continuity in 2008 Daniel J. Coffey John C. Green 1

Part I The Party System

2 Was 2008 a Watershed Election? Observing the State of the Parties in the Election Results John R. Petrocik 17

3 Party Factions in 2008 Howard L. Reiter 41

4 The State of Party Elites: National Convention Delegates, 1992-2008 John S. Jackson John C. Green 55

Part II Party Organizations and Activities

5 Electoral Politics As Team Sport: Advantage to the Democrats David B. Magleby 81

6 Party on the Periphery: The 2008 Presidential Campaign in Mahoning County Melanie J. Blumberg William C. Binning Sarah K. Lewis John C. Green 101

7 The Party's Still Going: Local Party Strength and Activity in 2008 Melody Crowder-Meyer 115

8 The Obama Netroots Campaign, Young Voters, and the Future of Local Party Organizations Daniel M. Shea 135

9 The Internetilization of American Parties: The Implications of the Unity08 Effort Kira C. Allmann Daniel Maliniak Ronald B. Rapoport Lonna Rae Atkeson 149

10 Organizing for America Barbara Trish 163

Part III Party Resources

11 The Need for an Integrated Vision of Parties and Candidates: National Political Party Finances, 1999-2008 Michael J. Malbin Aaron Dusso Gregory Fortelny Brendan Glavin 185

12 Back to the Future? Campaign-Finance Reform and the Declining Importance of the National Party Organization Raymond J. La Raja 205

13 Flush with Cash: Individual Campaign Contributors in the 2008 Elections Costas Panagopoulos John C. Green 223

Part IV Partisan Publics

14 Fallen Elephant: Examining the Grand Old Party's Fall from Grace Daniel J. Coffey 239

15 Unintended Consequences: Republican Strategy and Winning and Losing Voters Rebekah E. Liscio Jeffrey M. Stonecash Mark D. Brewer 255

16 The Campaign Context for Partisanship Stability J. Quin Monson Kelly D. Patterson Jeremy C. Pope 271

17 A Political Theory of Partisanship and Independence Nancy L. Rosenblum 289

Part V Party in Government

18 Barack Obama and the Partisan Presidency Richard M. Skinner 309

19 Party Governance under Speaker Nancy Pelosi R. Lawrence Butler 323

20 Party, Constituency, and Representation in Congress Walter J. Stone Matthew T. Pietryka 333

Bibliography 349

Index 379

About the Contributors 395

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