The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns


As a survey of the most current and significant issues affecting party politics in the United States, The Parties Respond has become a classic resource for reference and college courses. Mark D. Brewer and L. Sandy Maisel draw together leading scholars to contribute thirteen original essays discussing partisanship in the electorate, parties and the media revolution, the campaign and election process, parties in government, and much more. The fifth edition is significantly revised with twelve new chapters, ...

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As a survey of the most current and significant issues affecting party politics in the United States, The Parties Respond has become a classic resource for reference and college courses. Mark D. Brewer and L. Sandy Maisel draw together leading scholars to contribute thirteen original essays discussing partisanship in the electorate, parties and the media revolution, the campaign and election process, parties in government, and much more. The fifth edition is significantly revised with twelve new chapters, bringing each of these topics up to date for the modern political arena and highlighting the many changes in party politics over the past ten years.

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Editorial Reviews

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 “No volume does a better job of bringing together contributions from such a wide range of leading scholars of American political parties. In this era of increasing partisan polarization, the study of political parties is more relevant than ever. Students and scholars alike will benefit from a careful reading of the research presented here." – Laura R. Olson, Clemson University

“I am thrilled that Brewer and Maisel have put together a new edition of The Parties Respond.  Students still come to college thinking that parties are weak and meaningless, even though they are stronger now than they have been in 100 years.  In bringing together the best people to offer essays on the most up to date controversies, Brewer and Maisel have assembled their best edition yet.” – Marc J. Hetherington, Vanderbilt University 

“Each reading in this remarkable book is filled with insight and information, as exemplified by ‘Boehner’s Dilemma’—a penetrating analysis at the electoral and governing consequences of the Tea Party’s influence on the GOP.  The Parties Respond is a ‘must read’ for courses on political parties and campaigns/elections.” –Thomas E. Patterson, Harvard University
Praise for Previous Editions:

"This latest edition of a well-established and wide-ranging collection of essays about political parties raises the question of what is old and what is new. The book is so comprehensive that it could be used as the basis for a course in American political parties. Once again Maisel has provided a valuable service by bringing together a solid and well-written collection. Highly recommended."
— Choice

"The Parties Respond is an excellent collection of works that are both analytically insightful and accessible to an undergraduate audience. Examining the American two-party system from numerous angles, this book illuminates the complexities of our particular brand of democracy. The new edition includes chapters on two important developments, the 2000 election and the ever-evolving campaign finance system."
— Jennifer Steen, Boston College

"The Parties Respond combines excellent coverage of both the fundamental issues in political parties research and the important topical issues of the day. The articles are written by some of the top scholars in the field, but at a level accessible to undergraduates. Now in its fourth edition, it remains an important resource for scholars and students alike."
— Ron Rapoport, College of William and Mary

"A consistently excellent reader on U.S. political parties just got better. As either supplement or main text, this volume provides students with a thorough overview of political parties in both their historical and contemporary contexts. Maisel and his contributors continue their outstanding job of discussing the changing role of parties in the electoral and institutional arenas."
— Peter Galderisi, Utah State University

"This fine collection of essays by many of the leading scholars of the subfield is perfectly suited for an upper-level undergraduate class on political parties. With four completely new chapters and nine revised selections, this book contains an impressive array of original scholarship on the recent developments and ongoing concerns regarding the place of political parties within the political system. Most undergraduates have very negative views of political parties. This book will help them understand the central role that parties play in American politics."
— David T. Canon, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Maisel continues to be the gold standard for interpretations of American political parties. Spanning time from the 18th to the 21st centuries, and canvassing the range of U.S. politics, this volume comprises original and provocative essays by leading scholars. It is an excellent source for teaching, for discussion, and just plain thinking."
— Gerry Pomper, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

"This excellent collection of original essays documents that the parties are still very much alive and remarkably adaptive. After a brief look at the past, the [chapters] describe trends that forecast how the parties are likely to evolve in the coming years. The Parties Respond also contributes to our understanding and expectations regarding that other rapidly changing institution, the presidency."
— Ralph M. Goldman, Presidential Studies Quarterly

"This book is a significant addition to the continuing discussion of the role of parties in contemporary American politics. Certain chapters include new research findings, others skillfully synthesize recent studies, and still others are thoughtful essays. Almost all are learned, interesting, and enlightening analyses of politics."
— Leon D. Epstein, Political Science Quarterly

"Maisel has commissioned a collection of studies by leading scholars on American political parties that should take its place with Congress Reconsidered, ed. by Lawrence Dodd and Bruce Oppenheimer and The Presidency and the Political System, ed. by Michael Nelson as widely adopted readings for relevant courses as well as frequently cited pieces of original research covering the most recent developments."
— D. I. Hodgkin, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813346007
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Transforming American Politics
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark D. Brewer is associate professor of political science at the University of Maine. He is widely published and the author or coauthor of numerous journal articles and books, including Party Images in the American Electorate; Diverging Parties; Split: Class and Cultural Divides in American Politics;and Parties and Elections in America
L. Sandy Maisel is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College. He is the general editor of Political Parties and Elections in the United States; coauthor of Parties and Elections in America, and author or co-author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Prologue xv

Acknowledgments xix

1 Political Science and the Study of Parties: Sorting Out Interpretations of Party Response Jeffrey M. Stonecash 1

2 The Diminshing Oddness of American Political Parties Nicol C. Rae 25

3 Attempting to Build a Winner: Parties and the Crafting of Electoral Coalitions Mark D. Brewer 47

4 Party Activists, Ideological Extremism, and Party Polarization Marjorie Randon Hershey Nathaniel Birkhead Beth C. Easter 75

5 Local Party Viability, Goals, and Objectives in the Information Age Daniel M. Shea J. Cherie Strachan Michael Wolf 103

6 National Parties in the Twenty-First Century Paul S. Hernson 133

7 Parties and the Presidential Nominating Contests: The Battles to Control the Nominating Calendar Barbara Norrander 161

8 Political Parties and Campaign Finance: Challenges and Adaptations Diana Dwyre 181

9 Boehner's Dilemma: A Tempest in a Tea Party? Walter J. Stone Davis L. Sandy Maisel Trevor C. Lowman 213

10 Political Parties and the Media: The Parties Respond to Technological Innovation Diana Owen 237

11 Congressinal Parties and the Policy Process Sean Theriault Jonathan Lewallen 265

12 Partisan Presidential Leadership: The President's Appointees G. Calvin Mackenzie 295

13 American Political Parties in an Age of Polarization Alan I. Abramowitz 321

About the Editors and Contributors 349

Index 355

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