Realignment and Party Revival: Understanding American Electoral Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century


Are American political parties really in decay? Have American voters really given up on the major parties? Taking issue with widely accepted theories of dealignment and party decay, Paulson argues that the most profound realignment in American history occurred in the 1960s, almost without notice, and that still another realignment is on the way. The result, he asserts, is not the decline of American political parties, but the birth of a new party system which features a liberal party and a conservative party. This development should have a major impact on American democracy in the twenty-first century, offering the possibility of some form of party government more commonly seen in parliamentary systems.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2000


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