Party Politics in America Plus MySearchLab with eText -- Access Card Package

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  • Edition: 16th
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  • Copyright: 2014-03-11
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Shows the realities of modern parties’ organizations, funding, and polarization on issues


Party Politics in America opens the door to a new understanding of political parties and American politics. Building upon the work of Frank Sorauf and Paul Allen Beck, Marjorie Hershey has maintained the book’s three-pronged coverage of party organization, party in the electorate, and party in government while also introducing contemporary and historical examples to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties shape our political system.


MySearchLab is a part of the Hershey program. Research and writing tools, including access to academic journals, help students understand critical thinking in even greater depth. To provide students with flexibility, students can download the eText to a tablet using the free Pearson eText app.


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Author Biography

Marjorie Randon Hershey, a professor of political science at Indiana University, is the author of the book considered the "gold standard" of political parties texts: Party Politics in America, now in its 16th edition. Hershey is a long-time student of the American political parties, elections, campaigns, and media interpretations of election results.  She has published in a number of political science and communications journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Political Communication.  She sees her work on Party Politics in America as an extension of her teaching, for which she has received a total of 16 teaching awards, including the 2011 American Political Science Association/CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation in Political Science.  She regularly teaches courses on political parties and interest groups at Indiana University as well as seminars on teaching for graduate students and the graduate core course in American Politics.          

Table of Contents

Part One: Parties and Party Systems

Chapter 1. What Are Political Parties?

Chapter 2. The American Two-Party System 


Part Two: The Political Party as an Organization  

Chapter 3. The State and Local Party Organizations 

Chapter 4. The Parties’ National Organizations 

Chapter 5. Party Activists 


Part Three: The Political Party in the Electorate 

Chapter 6. Party Identification 

Chapter 7. Party Coalitions and Party Change 

Chapter 8. Parties and Voter Turnout 


Part Four: Parties, Nominations, and Elections 

Chapter 9. How Parties Choose Candidates 

Chapter 10. Choosing the Presidential Nominees 

Chapter 11. The General Election 

Chapter 12. Financing the Campaigns 


Part Five: The Party in Government 

Chapter 13. Parties in Congress and State Legislatures

Chapter 14. The Party in the Executive and the Courts 

Chapter 15. The Semi-Responsible Parties 

Chapter 16. The Place of Parties in American Politics

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