Two Parties -- Or More? / Edition 2

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Overview


Students of American government are faced with an enduring dilemma: Why two parties? Why has this system remained largely intact while around the world democracies support multiparty systems? Should our two-party system continue as we enter the new millennium? This newly revised and updated edition of Two Parties-Or More? answers these questions by placing the dilemma in the context of recent elections and the environment in which all parties must function. The text provides students with a historical overview of minor parties and their impact on politics. By focusing on Ross Perot's efforts in 1992 and 1996 and the difficulty the Reform party faced in 2000, Jesse Ventura's gubernatorial victory in Minnesota, and Ralph Nader's Green party campaign for the presidency in 2000, the text lays out the current dilemma regarding third parties and explores the extent and cause of the current dissatisfaction with the two major parties. The authors conclude with predictions about the future of third-party politics in the states and the nation. The text is enhanced with a glossary, discussion questions, and an appendix of important third parties in presidential elections and recent officeholders who were neither Democrats nor Republicans. The revised edition highlights the implications of recent successes (Angus King in Maine in 1994 and 1998, Ventura in Minnesota, Perot in 1992, and Nader in 2000) and failures (the Reform party in 2000 and fewer third party winners in the states) of third party efforts for the future of America's traditionally two-party system.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Recommended.
Annals of the American Academy
Praise for the previous edition: Lucid and engaging. One could hardly ask for a more appropriate undergraduate supplement.
Booknews
The authors discuss varieties and definitions of third parties in American politics; a historical perspective on minor parties in a two-party system; the difficult environment faced by third parties in the context of American politics; the public's demand for alternatives; and the future of political parties. Includes a glossary, discussion questions, and an appendix of significant third parties. Paper edition (unseen), $16.00. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813340319
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Dilemmas in American Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,224,450
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


John F. Bibby is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the author of Politics, Parties, and Elections in America, Governing by Consent: An Introduction to American Politics, and the co-author of Party Organizations in American Politics. He was the 2001 recipient of the Samuel J. Eldersveld Lifetime Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the American Political Science Association. In addition to being a specialist in the study of political parties, he has held leadership positions in national, state, and local party organizations. 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. Former president of the New England Political Science Association and former chair of the Legislative Studies and the Political Organizations and Parties sections of the American Political Science Association, Maisel is the general editor of Political Parties and Elections in the United States: An Encyclopedia and of Jews in American Politics; he is editor of The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigning, now in its fourth edition with Westview, co-author of Parties and Elections in America, also now in its fourth edition, and author or co-author of dozens of journal articles and book chapters.
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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Third Parties in American Politics 1
2 Minor Parties in a Two-Party System: Historical Perspectives 19
3 Third Parties in the American Context: A Less Than Friendly Environment 55
4 The Public Demand for Alternatives 79
5 Political Parties in the Twenty-First Century 105
Discussion Questions 125
Glossary 127
Appendix 131
Notes 137
References 141
Index 147
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