Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns / Edition 1

Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns / Edition 1

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Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns / Edition 1

Just in time for the 2012 elections, Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns, Second Edition, shows how political parties and interest groups have become highly interdependent in the era of candidate-centered elections, issue advocacy organizations, and media-driven campaigns.

Featuring up-to-date data that includes 2008 and 2010 mid-term results and analysis, the second edition looks ahead to 2012 by illustrating such important developments as the emergence of the Tea Party; increasingly polarized politics; divided government; social media; lobbying and interest group developments (including the passage of health care and financial sector reform legislation); and the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform. Offering a powerful combination of scholarship, data, and examples, Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns, Second Edition, provides students with one-stop shopping for understanding the new style of American politics.

New to the Second Edition:

* An examination of the Tea Party and its connections to the Republican infrastructure

* New election data from 2008 and 2010, with a preview of 2012

* Coverage of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and campaign finance reform

* An inside look at lobbying in the Obama Administration

* Updated tables and figures throughout

* New political ads and examples that add visual interest and encourage student engagement

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594513190
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes

1. An Introduction to Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns
The Changing Nature of American Political Campaigns
The Study of Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns

2. The Development of Political Parties in America
The First Parties
The Mass Party Era
The Reform of Political Parties
Party Organizations in the Modern Era
Conclusion: The Changing Nature of American Political Parties

3. The Organization of Contemporary American Parties
Party Activists
State and Local Parties
National Parties
Conclusion: Contemporary Parties and the Service Party Role

4. The American Electoral System
Electoral Systems
The Electoral College
Conclusion: The Impact of Electoral Rules

5. The American Electorate
Political Participation in the United States
Turnout: Who Votes?
Vote Choice: How Do Voters Decide?
Conclusion: The Nature of American Political Participation

6. Campaign Finance
Campaign Finance and Public Decision Making
Skyrocketing Campaign Costs or Underfunded Campaigns?
Reform Goals and Campaign Finance Laws
Campaign Finance Laws and the Courts: A Tumultuous Relationship
Political Parties and Campaign Finance Law: Assessing the Impact
The Rise and Impact of 501(c) and 527 Groups
Public Funding and Presidential Campaigns
Campaign Finance and the States
Conclusion: The State of Campaign Finance

7. Campaigns and Political Parties
The Purposes and Impacts of Campaigns
The Changing Roles of Parties in Campaigns
The Candidate: Recruitment and Motivation
Campaign Organization and Management
The Campaign Manager
Designing the Campaign Message
Transmitting the Campaign Message: The Rise of Social Media and the American Party System
The Impact of Negative Campaigning
Political Parties as Campaign Specialists
Conclusion: A New Balance for Parties and Campaigns

8. Interest Group Politics
What Causes Interest Groups to Form?
Political Science and Group Theory
Leadership and Interest Group Power
Internal Organizational Strength and Lobbying Power
The Nature of Interest Group Membership in the United States
Lobbying Resources Derived from Membership Characteristics

9. Interest Groups and Campaigns
The "Total War" Campaign of Health Care Reform
Interest Groups Seek to Mold Public Opinion in Media Campaigns
Grassroots Interest Group Issue Campaigns
Interest Group Campaigns Against Parties and Candidates
Interest Group Efforts in Party Campaigns
Interest Group Campaigns in Initiatives and Referenda
Conclusion: The Role of Campaigns in Linking Political Parties and Interest Groups

10. Interest Group Lobbying
The Lobbying Profession
The Lobbyist's Role in Political Issue Campaigns
Lobbyists and Lobbying Campaign Tactics
Lobby Campaigns as Information Presentations
Restrictions on Lobbying in the Federal Government
Judicial Lobbying Campaigns
Conclusion: The Persistence of Lobbying and the Nature of American Politics

The New Nature of American Political Parties
The New Nature of American Interest Group Politics


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