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Third Parties in America: Citizen Response to Major Party Failure. (Second edition, updated and expanded)

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In recent years a growing number of citizens have defected from the major parties to third party presidential candidates. Over the past three decades, independent campaigns led by George Wallace, John Anderson, and Ross Perot have attracted more electoral support than at any time since the 1920s. Third Parties in America explains why and when the two-party system deteriorates and third parties flourish. Relying on data from presidential elections between 1840 and 1992, it identifies the situations in which ...
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Overview

In recent years a growing number of citizens have defected from the major parties to third party presidential candidates. Over the past three decades, independent campaigns led by George Wallace, John Anderson, and Ross Perot have attracted more electoral support than at any time since the 1920s. Third Parties in America explains why and when the two-party system deteriorates and third parties flourish. Relying on data from presidential elections between 1840 and 1992, it identifies the situations in which Americans abandon the major parties and shows how third parties encourage major party responsiveness and broader representation of political interests.In recent years a growing number of citizens have defected from the major parties to third party presidential candidates. Over the past three decades, independent campaigns led by George Wallace, John Anderson, and Ross Perot have attracted more electoral support than at any time since the 1920s. Third Parties in America explains why and when the two-party system deteriorates and third parties flourish. Relying on data from presidential elections between 1840 and 1992, it identifies the situations in which Americans abandon the major parties and shows how third parties encourage major party responsiveness and broader representation of political interests.
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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly
Rosenstone, Behr, and Lazarus have significantly contributed to our understanding of minor parties ... by carefully and systematically testing the many conventional explanations that we have aggregated into a theory of minor party politics in America.
— John R. Petrocik
The Washington Post Bookworld

[Third Parties in America] provides a quick and fascinating history of ... alternative political movements ... [and] offers a thoughtful and intriguing analysis of the history and status of 'other parties' in this two-party republic.
— T. R. Reid
The Washington Post Book World
[Third Parties in America] provides a quick and fascinating history of ... alternative political movements ... [and] offers a thoughtful and intriguing analysis of the history and status of 'other parties' in this two-party republic.
— T. R. Reid
Political Science Quarterly - John R. Petrocik
Rosenstone, Behr, and Lazarus have significantly contributed to our understanding of minor parties ... by carefully and systematically testing the many conventional explanations that we have aggregated into a theory of minor party politics in America.
The Washington Post Book World - T.R. Reid
[Third Parties in America] provides a quick and fascinating history of ... alternative political movements ... [and] offers a thoughtful and intriguing analysis of the history and status of 'other parties' in this two-party republic.
The Washington Post Book World - T. R. Reid
[Third Parties in America] provides a quick and fascinating history of ... alternative political movements ... [and] offers a thoughtful and intriguing analysis of the history and status of 'other parties' in this two-party republic.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1984

"Rosenstone, Behr, and Lazarus have significantly contributed to our understanding of minor parties ... by carefully and systematically testing the many conventional explanations that we have aggregated into a theory of minor party politics in America."—John R. Petrocik, Political Science Quarterly

"[Third Parties in America] provides a quick and fascinating history of ... alternative political movements ... [and] offers a thoughtful and intriguing analysis of the history and status of 'other parties' in this two-party republic."—T. R. Reid, The Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691076737
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1984
  • Pages: 266

Table of Contents

1 Tables and Figures
Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 3
2 Constraints on Third Parties 15
3 Third Parties of the Nineteenth Century 48
4 Independents of the Twentieth Century 81
5 A Theory of Third Party Voting 125
6 Why Citizens Vote for Third Parties 151
7 Candidate Mobilization 188
8 Major Parties, Minor Parties, and American Elections 215
9 H. Ross Perot 231
Appendix A: Minor Party Presidential Candidates, 1840-1992 275
Appendix B: Description and Coding of Variables 281
References 289
Index 303
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