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