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Why parties? : a second look, John H. Aldrich

Label
Why parties? : a second look
Title
Why parties?
Title remainder
a second look
Statement of responsibility
John H. Aldrich
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Since its first appearance fifteen years ago, Why Parties' has become essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the nature of American political parties. In the interim, the party system has undergone some radical changes. In this landmark book, now rewritten for the new millennium, John H. Aldrich goes beyond the clamor of arguments over whether American political parties are in resurgence or decline and undertakes a wholesale reexamination of the foundations of the American party system
  • Surveying critical episodes in the development of American political parties--from their formation in the 1790s to the Civil War--Aldrich shows how they serve to combat three fundamental problems of democracy: how to regulate the number of people seeking public office, how to mobilize voters, and how to achieve and maintain the majorities needed to accomplish goals once in office. Aldrich brings this innovative account up to the present by looking at the profound changes in the character of political parties since World War II, especially in light of ongoing contemporary transformations, including the rise of the Republican Party in the South, and what those changes accomplish, such as the Obama Health Care plan. Finally, Why Parties? A Second Look offers a fuller consideration of party systems in general, especially the two-party system in the United States, and explains why this system is necessary for effective democracy."(Provided by publisher)
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ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
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Aldrich, John H.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
JK2261
LC item number
.A458 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Chicago studies in American politics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Political parties
  • United States
Label
Why parties? : a second look, John H. Aldrich
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-366) and index
Contents
Political parties and democracy -- Politics and parties in America -- Why parties form -- Party formation in America, 1790-1860 -- Prologue -- Founding the first parties : institutions and social choice -- Jacksonian democracy : the mass party and collective action -- Whigs and republicans : institutions, issue agendas, and ambition -- The new political party in contemporary America -- Prologue -- Party activists and partisan cleavages in contemporary elections -- Political parties and governance -- The critical era of the 1960s -- Conclusions -- Political parties, historical dynamics, and democratic politics
Control code
666234889
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xi, 387 p.
Isbn
9780226012735
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010042778
Other control number
40019257306
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)666234889
Label
Why parties? : a second look, John H. Aldrich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-366) and index
Contents
Political parties and democracy -- Politics and parties in America -- Why parties form -- Party formation in America, 1790-1860 -- Prologue -- Founding the first parties : institutions and social choice -- Jacksonian democracy : the mass party and collective action -- Whigs and republicans : institutions, issue agendas, and ambition -- The new political party in contemporary America -- Prologue -- Party activists and partisan cleavages in contemporary elections -- Political parties and governance -- The critical era of the 1960s -- Conclusions -- Political parties, historical dynamics, and democratic politics
Control code
666234889
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
2nd ed.
Extent
xi, 387 p.
Isbn
9780226012735
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010042778
Other control number
40019257306
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)666234889

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