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Party Politics in America (Longman Classics in Political Science), 15th Edition

By Marjorie R. Hershey

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 9, 2012

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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