Updated in its 15th edition, Party Politics in America examines the impact of the Tea Party, the battles over the rights of public employees’ unions, the effects of Citizens United and Super PACs on congressional and presidential campaigns, and much more.
Long regarded as the gold standard of parties texts, Party Politics in America has remained a best-seller because of the care and attentiveness with which each edition is written. 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 have helped to shape our political system.
Table of Contents
Foreword by John H. Aldrich
Part One: Parties and Party Systems
Chapter 1 What Are Political Parties?
Chapter 2 The American Two-Party System
Part Two: The Political Party as an Organization
Chapter 3 The State and Local Party Organizations
Chapter 4 The Parties’ National Organizations
Chapter 5 Party Activists
Part Three: The Political Party in the Electorate
Chapter 6 Party Identification
Chapter 7 Party Coalitions and Party Change
Chapter 8 Parties and Voter Turnout
Part Four: Parties, Nominations, and Elections
Chapter 9 How Parties Choose Candidates
Chapter 10 Choosing the Presidential Nominees
Chapter 11 The General Election
Chapter 12 Financing the Campaigns
Part Five: The Party in Government
Chapter 13 Parties in Congress and State Legislatures
Chapter 14 The Party in the Executive and the Courts
Chapter 15 The Semi-Responsible Parties
Chapter 16 The Place of Parties in American Politics
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