The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Party Organizations

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This volume provides students of political parties with up-to-date information on both the state of American party organizations and controversies over how these organizations are studied. The collection focuses on new direction in party scholarship-including debates over the vitality and relevance of the two party system, the analytical usefulness of the traditional model of American parties, and the import of organizational studies.

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Overview

This volume provides students of political parties with up-to-date information on both the state of American party organizations and controversies over how these organizations are studied. The collection focuses on new direction in party scholarship-including debates over the vitality and relevance of the two party system, the analytical usefulness of the traditional model of American parties, and the import of organizational studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
Overall, the anthology successfully analyses the organizational dimension of US parties and therefore is well worth reading
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.
Samuel C. Patterson
This is a stimulating anthology, with a wealth of new material on the activities of the political parties. People who think our political parties are dead should read this book. It reveals new evidence of party vitality and points to new directions for future research. And, this will be a valuable supplemental text for courses on American political parties.
John F. Bibby
This collection of studies by distinguished and emerging scholars provides a wealth of up-to-date information and provocative insights concerning the status, activities, impact, and changing character of political parties. It should be read by every serious student of party organizations.
John Kenneth White
With skill and care, along with the able assistance of many prominent scholars in the field, Shea and Green have dissected the American party system and produced several interesting findings . . . belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in contemporary U.S. politics.
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Daniel M. Shea is assistant professor of government and law at Lafayette College. John C. Green is director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics and associate professor of political science.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Paths and Crossroads: The State of the Parties and Party Scholarship 1
2 The Future of the American Two-Party System 13
3 Who Speaks for the Political Parties? Or Martin Van Buren, Where Are You When We Need You? 27
4 Toward a Responsible Three-Party System 45
5 The Politics of Cohesion: The Role of the National Party Committees in the 1992 Election 61
6 Party Strategy and Campaign Activities in the 1992 Congressional Elections 83
7 Hard Facts and Soft Money: State Party Finance in the 1992 Federal Elections 107
8 Local Political Parties and Legislative Races in 1992 133
9 Sources of Activism in the 1992 Perot Campaign 147
10 Women's Political Leadership and the State of the Parties 165
11 Party Strategy and Political Reality: The Distribution of Congressional Campaign Committee Resources 175
12 Party Resources Allocation: The Timing of Contributions and Coordinated Expenditures 191
13 Explaining Party Leadership Activity among House Freshman: The Class of 1980-1988 201
14 State Legislative Campaign Committees: New Partners or New Competitors? 219
15 A Tale of Two Parties: National Committee Policy Initiatives 237
16 The Democratic Leadership Council: Institutionalizing Party Faction 249
17 Proclaiming Party Identity: A View from the Platforms 265
18 Party Culture and Party Behavior 275
19 Responsible Political Parties and the Decentering of American Metropolitan Areas 289
20 The Resurgence of Party Organization? A Dissent from the New Orthodoxy 311
21 Confusions in the Analysis of American Political Parties 329
22 Voters, Government Officials, and Party Organizations: Connections and Distinctions 339
23 Understanding Organizational Innovations and Party-Building 349
References 365
Index 383
About the Contributors 393
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