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Author Aldrich, John H., 1947-

Title Why parties? : a second look / John H. Aldrich

Publ Info Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2011
 RWU Main Library  JK2261 .A458 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xi, 387 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series Chicago studies in American politics
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
Note "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 Lookoffers 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)
LC subject Political parties -- United States -- History
United States -- Politics and government
ISBN 9780226012735 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0226012735 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780226012742 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0226012743 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 40019257306