Guide to U.S. Political Parties, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1483346455
  • ISBN-13: 9781483346458
  • DDC: 324.273
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 512 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This one-volume reference presents the major conceptual approaches to the study of U.S. political parties and the national party system, describing the organization and behavior of U.S. political parties in thematic, narrative chapters that help undergraduate students better understand party origins, historical development, and current operations. Further, it provides researchers with in-depth analysis of important subtopics and connections to other aspects of politics.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Summary Table of Contents.
Table of Contents.
About the Editors.
1: What are Parties For?.
2: Parties and the Response to Change: The Representation and Mobilization of Divisions in a Nation.
3: Political Parties: Recruiting Leaders and Structuring Elections.
4: Parties as Coordinators: Can Parties Unite What the Constitution Divides?.
5: What the Parties Stand For.
6: Parties in the American Political Environment: Shaped, Adaptive, and Shapers.
7: Historical Development of the Parties.
8: The Origins and Development of U.S. Political Parties, 1790–1861.
9: Political Parties in the Age of Industrialization: From Their Golden Age Through the Progressive Era.
10: Constructing a New Majority: The Depression, the New Deal, and the Democrats.
11: Partisanship, Sectionalism, and Race: Civil Rights and Party Development from the 1950s Through the 1970s.
12: Parties Revised and Revived: Democrats and Republicans in the Age of Reagan, 1980 to 2000.
13: Polarization and Volatility: The State of the Party System in the Twenty-First Century.
14: Party Organizations.
15: The Nature of Party Organizations.
16: From Machines to Service Centers: The Evolution of State and Local Political Parties.
17: The Transformation of the National Party Committees.
18: The Impact of Reform on National Party Financing and Campaigning.
19: Party Activists.
20: Vote-Seeking Third Parties in the Twentieth Century.
21: Parties in the Electorate.
22: The Nature of Partisan Identification.
23: Party Identification and Issue Attitudes.
24: Independents and American Elections.
25: Primary Elections and Caucuses.
26: Partisanship in General Elections.
27: Differing Views on Polarization of the Electorate.
28: Parties in Government.
29: Ebbs and Flows in the Power of Congressional Party Leaders Since 1910.
30: Differences in Party Leadership and Control Among the U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and State Legislatures.
31: What Influence Do the Parties Have in the Presidency and the Bureaucracy?.
32: Partisan Control of Government and Public Policy.
33: Political Parties and the Changing Media Environment.
34: Parties in Their Environment.
35: Political Parties and Interest Groups: Parties as Networks.
36: The Standard of Responsible Parties.
37: Political Parties and Economic Inequality.
38: Conclusion.