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The definitive text on American party politics, this highly- respected best-seller has been thoroughly updated through 2000. With comprehensive coverage of our party system (including third parties and independents), the text examines three primary components of the partiesparty organization, party in the electorate, party in governmentand the interaction of these components, especially during election campaigns. The authors integrate academic research with contemporary and historical examples of party politics in the United States, to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties have helped to shape our political system.
Table of Contents
Contents in Detail
Part One Parties and Party Systems
In Search of the Political Parties
The American Two-Party System
Part Two The Political Party as an Organization
The State and Local Party Organizations
National Organizations: A New Presence at the Summit
The Political Party of the Activists
Part Three The Political Party in the Electorate
The Loyal Electorates
The Party within the Voter
The Active Electorate
Part Four The Political Parties in the Electoral Process