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Politics, Parties, and Elections in America

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780830415472

ISBN10:
0830415475
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/10/1999
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing

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Summary

Packed with the latest research, POLITICS, PARTIES AND ELECTIONS IN AMERICA provides a comprehensive account of what political parties do, how they are organized, how party leaders behave, the functions of political parties and their limitations, the unique features of American political parties, and the impact of political parties within the American political system. The text is straightforward, presenting rigorous concepts and recent scholarship in a manner that students can readily understand. Its balanced and up-to-date coverage of political parties imparts practical knowledge of the realities of political life.

Table of Contents

Parties and Politics in America: An Overview
1(24)
The Nature of Politics
4(1)
The Nature of Party
5(2)
The Functions of Parties
7(8)
Parties as Competitors for Political Influence
15(3)
Parties and Interest Groups: There Is a Difference!
18(2)
Party Government and the Peaceful Transfer of Governmental Authority
20(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
21(1)
Notes
22(3)
The Party Battle in America
25(42)
The First Party System, 1788-1824: Federalists, Republicans, and One Party Factionalism
27(3)
The Second Party System, 1828-1854: Democrats versus Whigs in Two Party Competitive Politics
30(2)
The Third Party System, 1856-1896: Ascendant Republicans versus Democrats
32(2)
The Fourth Party System, 1896-1928: Republican Dominance Renewed
34(4)
The Fifth Party System, 1932-1968: The Democratic New Deal Era
38(3)
The Sixth Party System, 1968-?: The Post-New Deal Era---Weakened Partisanship, Candidate-Centered Politics, and Divided Government
41(2)
Minor Parties in American Politics
43(7)
Some Lessons from Party History
50(11)
Parties in Decline?
61(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
62(1)
Notes
63(4)
Characteristics of the American Party System
67(34)
Two Party Competition with Variations
69(8)
Decentralized Power Structures
77(11)
Broadly Based Electoral Support
88(1)
Nonprogrammatic Parties
89(7)
Quasi-Public Institutions with Ambiguous Membership
96(1)
Weak Parties, But Substantial Partisan Influence
97(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
97(1)
Notes
98(3)
Party Organizations
101(62)
The National Parties
106(25)
State Parties
131(12)
Country and Local Parties
143(3)
Does Party Organization Make a Difference?
146(1)
The Party Activists
147(8)
Party Organizations: Adaptable and Durable
155(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
155(1)
Notes
156(7)
Nominations for State and Congressional Offices
163(34)
The Evolution of the Direct Primary
165(4)
State Regulation of the Direct Primary
169(9)
Preprimary Endorsements
178(3)
Competition in Primaries
181(2)
Voter Turnout in Primaries
183(5)
The National Party Organizations and Nominations in the States
188(2)
The Direct Primary and the General Election
190(1)
The Direct Primary and Political Parties
191(2)
Suggestions for Further Reading
193(1)
Notes
193(4)
Presidential Nominating Politics
197(50)
Methods of Delegate Selection
199(6)
Phases of the Nomination Process
205(17)
The Ongoing Process of Party Reform
222(10)
Participation in Presidential Nominating Politics
232(7)
Media Politics in Presidential Nominations
239(2)
A Lengthy, Candidate-Centered, Primary-Focused, Participatory, and Media-Oriented Process
241(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
242(1)
Notes
243(4)
The General Election: Regulation and Campaign Strategy
247(64)
Extending the Suffrage
249(3)
Direct Election of the Senate
252(1)
Party Column versus Office Bloc Ballot Forms
253(1)
Financing Elections
253(23)
The Electoral College
276(10)
The General Election Campaign
286(20)
The Campaign and Governance
306(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
306(1)
Notes
307(4)
Political Parties and The Voters
311(66)
Voter Turnout
312(10)
Party Identification
322(5)
Candidates and Issues
327(5)
Social and Economic Bases of Partisanship and Voting
332(9)
Election Outcomes
341(30)
Voters, Elections, and Control of Government
371(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
371(1)
Notes
372(5)
Parties in the Government
377(60)
The President as Party Leader
381(7)
The Party, the President, and Congress
388(10)
The Party, the President, and the Executive Branch
398(6)
The Party, the President, and the Judiciary
404(2)
Parties in Congress
406(25)
A Party-Influenced Government, But Not a Party-Dominated Government
431(1)
Suggestions for Further Reading
432(1)
Notes
432(5)
A Concluding Note: American Parties---Distinctive, Durable, Adaptive, and Useful
437(4)
Notes
440(1)
Index to References 441(4)
Index 445


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