Tradition and Change in American Party Politics

Tradition and Change in American Party Politics

Tradition and Change in American Party Politics

Tradition and Change in American Party Politics

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For several years both authors of this book have been teaching courses on political parties in the United States and have been finding increasingly that the materials which are available for use by undergraduates are inadequate, given the questions being raised by today's students. Students have been asking about the constraints of the environment upon parties. They want to know about the effects of technology on parties. They have become more interested in the impact of class and ethnicity upon political participation and parties. Increasingly questions about the structure of the party system have related to public policy concerns. We embarked upon the writing of this book in response to these expressions of concern by the students we encountered in our classes.

We have tried to relate the standard materials on political parties to the more contemporary concerns of our students. In so doing we have tried to present neither a radical critique of society -- assuming the complete futility of saving our institutions -- nor an unquestioning acceptance of parties in the political system. Rather we have probed and reexamined the role of parties in the United States inasmuch as we perceive that throughout the history of the United States political parties have been deliberately given a very limited role to perform. The circumscribed role of parties is due to the fact that the majority of Americans have a very strong fear of centralized power and an antipathy toward powerful parties. We have suggested that this particular phenomenon be called antiparty politics. Throughout this volume reference is . . .

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