Part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, this gold standard of parties texts has been updated to include an even greater emphasis on the elements that engage students' interest: real people's stories and current debates about party politics. Party Politics in America analyzes three primary components of parties party organization, party in the electorate, party in government and the interaction of these components, especially during election campaigns. Originally written by Frank Sorauf and now authored by Majorie Hershey and Paul Beck, the book integrates academic research with contemporary and historical examples, to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties have helped to shape our political system. the revision of the 10th edition includes an array of updates throughout the text and two new boxed features, as well as a new Foreword by John Aldrich of Duke University.
I. PARTIES AND PARTY SYSTEMS.
1. In Search of the Political Parties.
2. The American Two-Party System.
II. THE POLITICAL PARTY AS AN ORGANIZATION.
3. The State and Local Party Organizations.
4. The Parties' National Organizations.
5. The Political Party of the Activists.
III. THE POLITICAL PARTY IN THE ELECTORATE.
6. Party Identification.
7. Party Support and Party Realignments.
8. Who Votes — and Why It Matters.
IV. PARTIES, NOMINATIONS, AND ELECTIONS.
9. How Parties Choose Candidates.
10. Choosing the Presidential Nominees.
11. The General Election.
12. Financing the Campaigns.
V. THE PARTY IN GOVERNMENT.
13. Parties in Congress and State Legislatures.
14. The Party in the Executive Branch and the Courts.
15. The Semi-Responsible Parties.
16. The Place of Parties in American Politics.