Election 101 — Political Parties

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We are the “myth-busters” in the crowded presidential election year commerce in gossip, one-day trends, and half-truths, and no where are these myth-busting powers more important than in discussions of political parties, how they work, and why they continue to matter so much in American politics.

Moving beyond simplistic Republican/Democrat comparisons, misdirections, and antagonisms, these authoritative books from leading political scientists and writers capture the complete story and provide unparalleled insight. Classic texts like The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater appear alongside contemporary commentary like The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History by Jill Lepore. And political scientists like Zoltan L. Hajnal, Taeku Lee and David Mayhew explore essential questions like Why Americans Don’t Join the Party or Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitutional System.

–Chuck Myers, group publisher in social sciences and editor in political science

 

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Partisan Balance
Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitutional System

 

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The Reading List

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Why Is There No Labor Party in the United States?

Robin Archer
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The Formation of National Party Systems

Federalism and Party Competition in Canada, Great Britain, India, and the United States
Pradeep Chhibber & Ken Kollman
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Black and Blue:

African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party
Paul Frymer
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Uneasy Alliances

Race and Party Competition in America
Paul Frymer
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Presidential Party Building

Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush
Daniel J. Galvin
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The Conscience of a Conservative

Barry M. Goldwater
Edited by CC Goldwater, With a new introduction by Sean Wilentz, With a new foreword by George F. Will, With a new afterword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Why Americans Don’t Join the Party

Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate
Zoltan L. Hajnal & Taeku Lee
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The Silent Majority

Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South
Matthew D. Lassiter
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Party Competition

An Agent-Based Model
Michael Laver & Ernest Sergenti
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The Whites of Their Eyes

The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History
Jill Lepore
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Return of the “L” Word

A Liberal Vision for the New Century
Douglas S. Massey
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Partisan Balance

Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitutional System
David R. Mayhew
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Suburban Warriors

The Origins of the New American Right
Lisa McGirr
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Political Parties and the State

The American Historical Experience
Martin Shefter
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The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism

A Short History
David Farber
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The Politics of Hope and The Bitter Heritage

American Liberalism in the 1960s
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., With a new foreword by Sean Wilentz
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Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism

A Woman’s Crusade
Donald T. Critchlow
ForthcomingBecoming Right
How Campuses Shape Young Conservatives
Amy J. Binder & Kate Wood
January 2012

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