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The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties



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Every four years, The State of the Parties brings readers up to date on party action in election years and in between. With the dual themes of continuity and change characterizing the new edition, this essential party primer includes three new chapters on party roles in the 2008 election, a section on the impact of party resources for the campaign, extensive coverage of party mobilization efforts via the Internet and local activity, and new chapters covering topics ranging from Republican's fall from grace to party governance under Nancy Pelosi to President Obama's role in party politics, and as always, a distinguished roster of contributors.

Author Biography

John C. Green is distinguished professor of political science and director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. Daniel J. Coffey is assistant professor of political science at the University of Akron and a fellow in the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: The State of the Parties: Change and Continuity in 2008p. 1
The Party System
Was 2008 a Watershed Election? Observing the State of the Parties in the Election Resultsp. 17
Party Factions in 2008p. 41
The State of Party Elites: National Convention Delegates, 1992-2008p. 55
Party Organizations and Activities
Electoral Politics As Team Sport: Advantage to the Democratsp. 81
Party on the Periphery: The 2008 Presidential Campaign in Mahoning Countyp. 101
The Party's Still Going: Local Party Strength and Activity in 2008p. 115
The Obama Netroots Campaign, Young Voters, and the Future of Local Party Organizationsp. 135
The Internetilization of American Parties: The Implications of the Unity08 Effortp. 149
Organizing for Americap. 163
Party Resources
The Need for an Integrated Vision of Parties and Candidates: National Political Party Finances, 1999-2008p. 185
Back to the Future? Campaign-Finance Reform and the Declining Importance of the National Party Organizationp. 205
Flush with Cash: Individual Campaign Contributors in the 2008 Electionsp. 223
Partisan Publics
Fallen Elephant: Examining the Grand Old Party's Fall from Gracep. 239
Unintended Consequences: Republican Strategy and Winning and Losing Votersp. 255
The Campaign Context for Partisanship Stabilityp. 271
A Political Theory of Partisanship and Independencep. 289
Party in Government
Barack Obama and the Partisan Presidencyp. 309
Party Governance under Speaker Nancy Pelosip. 323
Party, Constituency, and Representation in Congressp. 333
Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 379
About the Contributorsp. 395
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