The American Party System and the American People

The American Party System and the American People

The American Party System and the American People

The American Party System and the American People

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The early 1960's are a propitious time to write on party politics and electoral behavior in the United States. Empirical political research blossomed in the post-World War II years. The "empiricist" or "behaviorist" entered the scholarly scene, accompanied by much intradisciplinary polemic about the merits of "scientific" study of politics. Fortunately, there was more than polemic; fresh research began to accumulate, theorizing about politics became increasingly more sophisticated, and there was increasing effort to confront theories with data which might test their validity. This book draws extensively on findings which were reported in the past decade. In the recent past, research on electoral psychology has begun to connect meaningfully with our understanding of various political institutions. New and theoretically productive investigations of local . . .

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