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Politics, parties and elections in America, 6th ed.


Politics, parties and elections in America, 6th ed.

Bibby, John F. and Brian F. Schaffner.

Wadsworth Publishing Co.


401 pages




This undergraduate-level textbook by Bibby (U. of Wisconsin- Milwaukee) and Schaffner (American U. in Washington, DC) introduces the political science literature on the United States party system, structuring the material around the central theme parties influencing and being influenced by the electoral context within which they operate. It offers chapters on party realignments in American history, characteristics of the party system, party organizations, nominations for state and congressional offices, presidential nominating politics, political parties and the voters, campaign finance and strategy in the general election, and party behavior in government. A new conclusion reviews the importance of parties in the American political system and reflects on recent partisan polarization.

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