The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties / Edition 3

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The third edition of this best-selling collection includes over a dozen new essays and several revised chapters from earlier editions. Current coverage of national, state, and local parties includes chapters on hot topics like technology, money, and campaigns. Major party activities are presented in the context of presidential elections, legislatures, and in the courts. Minor parties - especially the Reform Party - are covered here more comprehensively than anywhere else. Thorough, original, and challenging 'anchor' pieces by leading scholars serve to ground the book in the key scholarship on parties even as they launch into new explorations of party evolution. The parties in flux is the theme of this new edition, a theme which is sure to be played out in the elections of 1998 and 2000.

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This third edition volume presents 20 new articles by political scientists exploring both major and minor political parties in the US political system. Among the topics treated are party coalitions, the judicial shaping of party activities, issue advocacy in congressional campaigns, the relevance of grassroots organizing, the relationship of local parties to their national organizations, possibilities for a multi-party system, and the effects of money and candidate-centered electoral campaigns. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Perspectives On Political Science
This book is intended for party scholars and a general audience. It should be read by both, and it belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in contemporary U.S. politics.
Larry J. Sabato
To keep up with American democracy, you must still keep up with the political parties. This anthology will help both undergraduates and graduate students understand the changing dynamics of the engines of political change—the parties. From Perot to party leadership, from campaign finance to national party committees, it's all here in a well-edited volume.
Perspectives on Political Science
This book is intended for party scholars and a general audience. It should be read by both, and it belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in contemporary U.S. politics.
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Meet the Author

John C. Green is professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Daniel M. Shea is associate professor of political science at Allegheny College.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Party System Chapter 2 The State of the Parties at Century’s End Chapter 3 The Future of the American Two-Party System after 1996 Chapter 4 The Changing American Party System Chapter 5 “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”: The Judicial Shaping of Party Activities Part 6 Party Activities Chapter 7 Party Networks: National-State Integration, Allied Groups, and Issue Activists Chapter 8 Party Issue Advocacy in Congressional Election Campaigns Chapter 9 Issue Networks and Party Elites in 1996 Chapter 10 The New Party Machine: Information Technology in State Political Parties Chapter 11 Local Parties in the 1990s: Spokes in a Candidate-Centered Wheel Chapter 12 Do the Grassroots Matter? The Coordinated Campaign in a Battleground State Part 13 Minor Parties Chapter 14 Toward a Responsible Three-Party System: Plan or Obituary? Chapter 15 The Activist Base of the Reform Party in 1996: Problems and Prospects Chapter 16 Beyond a Third Party: The Other Minor Parties in the 1996 Elections Chapter 17 Strategically Unambitious: Minor Party and Independent Candidates in the 1996 Congressional Elections Part 18 Party Values Chapter 19 Parliamentary Government in the United States Chapter 20 Moderate Party Factions in the U.S. House of Representatives Chapter 21 The Meaning of the Legislative Party Chapter 22 The 1996 State Legislative Elections: The Fate of Responsible Parties in America Chapter 23 “You Don’t Know Me, But Here I Am”: Congressional Candidates and Party Strength Chapter 24 Party Images and Candidate-Centered Campaigns in 1996: What’s Money Got to Do with It?

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