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Politics, Parties, and Elections in America, 7th Edition

  • Brian F. Schaffner University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • ISBN-10: 049589916X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495899167
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2003, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
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Overview

POLITICS, PARTIES, AND ELECTIONS IN AMERICA, Seventh Edition, is filled with the latest research on 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. It provides balanced, up-to-date coverage of the political parties and the realities of political life. Included in this new edition are discussions about the 2008 nomination contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the realities of current campaign finance, the use of technology during campaigns, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • Filled with the latest research on what political parties do, how they are organized, and how party leaders behave.
  • Examines 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.
  • Provides balanced, up-to-date coverage of the political parties and the realities of political life.

Table of Contents

1. Parties and Politics in America.
2. The Party Battle in America.
3. Characteristics of the American Party System.
4. Party Organizations.
5. Nominations for State and Congressional Offices.
6. Presidential Nominating Politics.
7. Political Parties and the Voters.
8. The General Election: Campaign Finance and Campaign Strategy.
9. Parties in the Government.
10. Political Parties: Important and Resurgent.

What's New

  • An extensive discussion of the historic 2008 Democratic nomination contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, including an understanding of why the campaign extended so long and whether the battle affected Obama's performance in the 2008 election.
  • An overview of the new realities of campaign finance, particularly following Obama's historic success at raising large sums of money and competing without matching funds.
  • Details on how Democrats and Republicans took advantage of advances in technology to target voters during the 2008 campaign.
  • A focus on the role of congressional party leaders during the health care reform debate, including an emphasis on Nancy Pelosi's role in pushing the legislation through to passage.
  • A discussion of whether Barack Obama's race cost him votes in the 2008 election.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Brian F. Schaffner

Brian F. Schaffner is an associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his PhD from Indiana University; and his research on political parties, voting behavior, and the media has been published in the AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW, the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, POLITICAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, PUBLIC OPINION QUARTERLY, LEGISLATIVE STUDIES QUARTERLY, and POLITICAL COMMUNICATION.