Written in a sharp and lively manner that will interest and engage students, this classic text provides comprehensive coverage of all elements of parties and elections in the United States, including local, state, and national party organizations; American party history and party systems; state and local nominations, state and local elections, presidential nominations, and presidential elections. This new edition highlights information from the 2016 presidential election and the first year and a half of the Trump administration, while giving a practical look at elections through topics such as the media’s role in politics and campaign finance. Also new to the eighth edition is coverage of the continuing fallout of the 2008–2009 worldwide economic crisis, the failed Arab Spring, the upsurge of populism and the fragility of democracies, and the Nigerian elections.
Mark D. Brewer is professor of political science and teaches in the honors college at the University of Maine.
L. Sandy Maisel is Goldfarb Family Distinguished Professor of American Government at Colby
Elections and Political Parties
American Political Parties and Party Organization
Voting and Other Forms of Political Participation
Organized Groups in the Political Process
State and Local Nominations
State and Local Elections
The Media and the Electoral Process
Party in Government
The Role of Political Parties
This eighth edition is a welcome update of Brewer and Maisel’s comprehensive, thoughtful, and accessible account of American political parties and elections, past and present. The authors carefully evaluate as well as describe the complex roles these institutions have evolved to play in our political system, with special attention to their effect on the quality of governance in the United States.