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

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

by John C. Green
     
 

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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

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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.

Contributions by Kira C. Allmann, William C. Binning, Melanie J. Blumberg, Mark D. Brewer, R. Lawrence Butler, Melody Crowder-Meyer, Aaron Dusso, Gregory Fortelny, Brendan Glavin, John S. Jackson III, Raymond J. La Raja, Rebekah E. Liscio, David Magleby, Michael J. Malbin, Daniel Maliniak, J. Quin Monson, Costas Panagopoulos, Kelly D. Patterson, John R. Petrocik , Matthew Pietryka, Jeremy C. Pope, Ronald B. Rapoport, Howard L. Reiter, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Daniel M. Shea, Walter J. Stone, Jeffrey M. Stonecash, Richard M. Skinner, and Barbara Trish.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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 (booknews.com)
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.
Marjorie R. Hershey
I always look forward to the new edition of The State of the Parties! It offers those of us who study and teach about party politics the most up-to-date research from a wide range of perspectives and by distinguished parties scholars.
CHOICE
Polarization in US politics is typically characterized as red versus blue states, yet political parties in the US have never been more divided and contentious. The aftermath of the 2012 presidential election speaks to the chasm that separates the two parties. The State of the Parties, edited by Green, Coffey, and Cohen, highlights that those divisions are only part of the dynamic shaping the American political landscape. Identifying both party change and continuity, this edition’s prominent and emerging scholars examine the 'state of parties,' polarization of the electorate, polarization of the political elites, Tea Party politics, Super PACs and partisan resources, and partisan activities. The contributors' well-documented analyses persuasively illustrate that polarization between the parties is rooted deep within the electorate, polarization is intense among the party elites, the Republican Party has serious internal divisions, and the Tea Party will remain a force within the GOP. The research confirms that American political parties, central to all aspects of politics in a functioning democracy, are vibrant and dynamic institutions. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742599550
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/16/2010
Series:
People, Passions, and Power: Social Movements, Interest Organizations, and the P
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
File size:
941 KB

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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