The Parties Respond: Changes in American Parties and Campaigns

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2012-08-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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As a survey of the most current and significant issues affecting party politics in the United States, The Parties Respondhas become a classic resource for reference and college courses. Mark D. Brewer and L. Sandy Maisel draw together leading scholars to contribute thirteen original essays discussing partisanship in the electorate, parties and the media revolution, the campaign and election process, parties in government, and much more. The fifth edition is significantly revised with twelve new chapters, bringing each of these topics up to date for the modern political arena and highlighting the many changes in party politics over the past ten years.

Author Biography

Mark D. Brewer is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, and he received his Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University. L. Sandy Maisel is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Government and director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Prologuep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Political Science and the Study of Parties: Sorting Out Interpretations of Party Responsep. 1
The Diminshing Oddness of American Political Partiesp. 25
Attempting to Build a Winner: Parties and the Crafting of Electoral Coalitionsp. 47
Party Activists, Ideological Extremism, and Party Polarizationp. 75
Local Party Viability, Goals, and Objectives in the Information Agep. 103
National Parties in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 133
Parties and the Presidential Nominating Contests: The Battles to Control the Nominating Calendarp. 161
Political Parties and Campaign Finance: Challenges and Adaptationsp. 181
Boehner's Dilemma: A Tempest in a Tea Party?p. 213
Political Parties and the Media: The Parties Respond to Technological Innovationp. 237
Congressinal Parties and the Policy Processp. 265
Partisan Presidential Leadership: The President's Appointeesp. 295
American Political Parties in an Age of Polarizationp. 321
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 349
Indexp. 355
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