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The Future of America's Political Parties

Edited by Andrew E. Busch

The Future of America's Political Parties tackles a question brought to the fore in 2004 and 2006 and certain to occupy citizens and students of politics for years to come: Where do the parties stand in relation to their historic ideals, the voters, and each other? This book provides an inside glimpse into an April 2006 conference on the future of the parties held at Claremont McKenna College in Southern California. Participants included top-tier political analysts Michael Barone, Peter Beinart, Patrick Caddell, Hugh Hewitt, William Kristol, and Roy Teixeira; noted scholars including Elaine Kamarck, Charles Kesler, Michael Malbin, Wiliam Mayer, and Nelson Polsby; and former Congressman Timothy Roemer (D-Ind.). In a combination of panel discussions and individual remarks, the participants grappled with issues such as the vulnerabilities of the Democrats on moral values and national security, Republican disillusionment with "compassionate conservatism," the challenges of the new campaign finance regimen, the future of party organization, and the role of cultural issues in the parties. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 142Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-0-7391-2072-9 • Hardback • October 2007 • $79.00 • (£52.95)
978-0-7391-2073-6 • Paperback • October 2007 • $34.99 • (£23.95)
Andrew E. Busch is professor of government and associate dean of the faculty at Claremont McKenna College.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Introduction
Part 3 Chapter 1. The Democrats' Strategy for the Future
Chapter 4 Roundtable Discussion: Peter Beinart, Patrick Caddell, Elaine Kamarck, Nelson Polsby, and Ruy Teixeira
Part 5 Chapter 2. A New Direction for the Parties?
Part 6 Chapter 3. The Republicans' Strategy for the Future
Chapter 7 Roundtable Discussion: Michael Barone, Andrew E. Busch, Hugh Hewitt, and William Kristol
Part 8 Chapter 4. The Parties and Campaign Finance
Part 9 Chapter 5. The Future of Party Organization
Part 10 Chapter 6. Cultural Issues and the Future of the Parties
American political parties are on the cusp of change, and this book offers a trenchant analysis of the relevant factors and likely possibilities. A distinguished set of contributors make this book the starting place for understanding party politics in 2008 and beyond.
John C. Green, University of Akron