Political Parties and Electoral Problems

Political Parties and Electoral Problems

Political Parties and Electoral Problems

Political Parties and Electoral Problems

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The purpose of this book is to interpret American political parties with a view primarily to the needs of voters and those who are soon to become voters. With that purpose in mind the nature and activities of parties generally, their development, present condition, and the principal problems of reform which they present in the United States, are taken up in order. Since the active contact of citizens with parties, and through them with government, is most directly exercised by the ballot, the voting process in all its forms and details is made the heart and center of the discussion.

For two decades the author has been engaged upon the task of interpreting political parties to undergraduates in the class rooms of Cornell University, the University of Cincinnati, and Swarthmore College. Designed for use primarily as a college text, such adaptability as the book may possess for that purpose must be credited largely to the students who for so many years have been not only the author's auditors, but his frequent and helpful critics as well. Next to them he has had most in mind throughout the large number of voters enfranchised by the Nineteenth Amendment. With the needs of the latter in view, particular attention has been given to every point in connection with American party organization and life affecting the interests of women voters. It is hoped further that the book may have an appeal to editors, lecturers, statesmen, and men of affairs generally -- in short, to all citizens who are seriously concerned in any way with the problems presented by parties to the American electorate.

Outside the class room the writer has taken as active a part in the political life surrounding him as academic free-

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