Multiparty Politics in America Prospects and Performance

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-03-04
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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In the wake of Election 2000 and the Ralph Nader factor, this collection of original essays by leading political scientists examines the possibilities for and performance of minor parties in the American political system. Looking at the rise and fall of the Reform Party and the seeming upsurge in Green Party prospects, the authors present evidence and opinion about the viability of a multiparty system in the United States. New York party politics and Congressional and state legislative elections add depth to our understanding of multiparty politics in action. A unique public opinion survey shows surprising variation in citizen's attitudes toward minor parties and multiparty politics nationwide. Will minor parties flourish or flounder in the 2004 election season? This volume offers a variety of views that every voter should consider. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Part I: Possibilities
Multiparty Politics in America: Possibilities and Performance
Paul S. Herrnson
John C. Green
Two-Party Dominance and Minor-Party Forays in American Politics
Paul S. Herrnson
The Case for a Multiparty System
Kay Lawson
In Defense of the Two-Party System
John F. Bibby
Public Opinion and the American Party System: Possibilities for Multiparty Politics
John C. Green
Part II: Performance
Running against the Odds: Minor-Party Campaigns in Congressional and State Legislative Elections
Peter L. Francia
Paul S. Herrnson
The Rise and Decline of the Reform Party, 1992-2000
John C. Green
William Binning
Sharing the Spoils: Ralph Nader, the Green Party, and the Elections of 2000
Christian Collet
Jerrold R. Hansen
Multiparty Politics in New York
Robert J. Spitzer
Barriers to Minor-Party Success and Prospects for Change
Diana Dwyre
Robin Kolodny
References 175(12)
Index 187(10)
About the Editors and Contributors 197

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