Higher Education

New Party Politics: From Jefferson and Hamilton to the Information Age, 2nd Edition

  • John Kenneth White Catholic University of America
  • Daniel M. Shea Allegheny College
  • ISBN-10: 0534560237  |  ISBN-13: 9780534560232
  • 384 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2001
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $124.25



The authors of this fresh text on American political parties employ an engaging writing style, a strong historical foundation, and a new analogy for understanding party systems in a compelling textbook. White and Shea trace the evolution of parties from the late 18th century through the Information Age, examining the impact of new information technologies throughout the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Rethinking Political Parties in the Information Age.
1. Political Parties in an American Setting.
2. The Ascendance of Party Politics.
3. The Decline of Party Politics.
4. Party Organizations in the 21st Century.
5. Nominating Presidents in the Information Age.
6. Party-brand Loyalty and the American Voter.
7. State and Local Parties: A Mom and Pop Shops in the Information Age.
8. Campaign Finance and Information Age Political Parties.
9. Elected Officials: The Reluctant Sales Force of the Party System.
10. Third Parties in the Information Age: The Orphans of American Politics.
Conclusion: Hamilton's Triumph and the Advent a Base-Less Party System.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The main strength of this book is the historical approach, which helps students understand how different party organization/campaigning is today relative to the past."

— Anita Pritchard, Florida Atlantic University

"It introduces students to an important and useful slice of democratic theory in a non-threatening manner."

— Richard Barbiero, SUNY Oneonta

"The greatest strengths of the text are 1) its integration of historical themes with a reevaluation of political science theory, 2) its clear and accessible prose, and 3) its attention to providing web sources and reading lists to assist with future research."

— Peter Ubertaccio, College of the Holy Cross

"New Party Politics provides historical backgrounds, theoretical debates, and timely examples. . . . The chapters are lively and engaging, they keep the readers’ attention with thought-provoking questions. Most importantly, the chapters are not overly-long. They are "bite-size" and can be read in one sitting."

— Gary Aguiar, South Dakota State University

Meet the Author

Author Bio

John Kenneth White

John Kenneth White is a Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America and is the author of several books on American politics including THE FRACTURED ELECTORATE: POLITICAL PARTIES AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND (1983); THE NEW POLITICS OF OLD VALUES (1988, 1990, AND 2000); STILL SEEING RED: HOW THE COLD WAR SHAPES THE NEW AMERICAN POLITICS (1998); AND THE VALUES DIVIDE: AMERICAN POLITICS AND CULTURE IN TRANSITION (2002). He has appeared on numerous television programs including THIS WEEK WITH DAVID BRINKLEY and his analysis of contemporary politics have appeared in the WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, BBC, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR RADIO, U.S.I.A. television programs, wire services, and various other national newspapers.

Daniel M. Shea

Daniel M. Shea is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College. He is the author of several books on American politics, including TRANSFORMING DEMOCRACY: LEGISLATIVE CAMPAIGNS AND POLITICAL PARTIES (1995), CAMPAIGN MODE: THE STRATEGY TACTICS AND ART OF POLITICAL CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT (1996 AND 2001), CAMPAIGN MODE: STRATEGY AND LEADERSHIP IN CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS (with Michael John Burton, 2002). Shea has edited numerous other books dealing with parties, elections, Congress, and the politics of the media, and has written articles for a number of journals. He lives in Meadville, PA with his wife Christine Gatto-Shea and three children.