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.
Table of Contents
Part One: Parties and Party Systems 1. What Are Political Parties? 2. The American Two-Party System Part Two: The Political Party as an Organization 3. The State and Local Party Organizations 4. The Parties' National Organizations 5. Party Activists Part Three: The Political Party in the Electorate 6. Party Identification 7. Party Coalitions and Party Change 8. Parties and Voter Turnout Part Four: Parties, Nominations, and Elections 9. How Parties Choose Candidates 10. Choosing the Presidential Nominees 11. The General Election 12. Financing the Campaigns Part Five: The Party in Government 13. Parties in Congress and State Legislatures14. The Party in the Executive and the Courts 15. The Semi-Responsible Parties 16. The Place of Parties in American Politics