Two Parties -- Or More? / Edition 2

Two Parties -- Or More? / Edition 2

by John F Bibby, L. Sandy Maisel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813340314

ISBN-13: 9780813340319

Pub. Date: 08/01/2002

Publisher: Westview Press


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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813340319
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Dilemmas in American Politics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Third Parties in American Politics1
2Minor Parties in a Two-Party System: Historical Perspectives19
3Third Parties in the American Context: A Less Than Friendly Environment55
4The Public Demand for Alternatives79
5Political Parties in the Twenty-First Century105
Discussion Questions125
Glossary127
Appendix131
Notes137
References141
Index147

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