The State of the Parties 2022 brings together leading scholars of parties, elections, and interest groups to provide an indispensable overview of American political parties today. The 2020 presidential election was extraordinary. What role did political parties play in these events? How did the party organizations fare? What are the implications for the future? Scholars and practitioners from throughout the United States explore the current state of American party organizations, constituencies and resources at the national, state and local level.
John C. Green is the Emeritus Director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. A respected analyst of Ohio and national politics, his work has been widely cited and quoted by scholars and journalists alike.
David B. Cohen is a professor of political science, Director of the Applied Politics Program, and Fellow of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at The University of Akron. He teaches courses and conducts research on the American presidency, Congress, and homeland security.
Kenneth M. Miller is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research interests and publications include campaign finance, elections, and representation.
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List of Figures
John C. Green, Kenneth M. Miller, and David B. Cohen
Part I: State of the Parties
Morris P. Fiorina
Byron E. Shafer and Regina L. Wagner
Robert G. Boatright
Part II: Partisan Voters
Alan I. Abramowitz
Anita Manion, David C. Kimball, and Adriano Udani
Stephen K. Medvic and Berwood A. Yost
David F. Damore, Karen A. Danielsen, and Robert E. Lang
John C. Davis
Part III: Partisan Activity
Kenneth M. Miller
Paul A. Beck
Ronald B. Rapoport and W. Henry Crossman
Part IV: Women and Party Politics
Paul S. Herrnson and Jennifer A. Heerwig
About the Contributors
This iteration of State of the Parties lives up to the legacy of the previous works in the series, most recently State of the Parties 2018 (CH, Feb'19, 56-2560). Offering a balanced mix of work by veteran and emerging scholars, this essay collection recalls the recent history of the two major parties in American politics and then drills down into what makes them the parties that they are. These scholars contextualize the current status of political parties—their structure, their makeup, and their activity—in the turmoil of hyperpartisanship and polarization. The various scholars play to their strengths in terms of both subject matter and methodology. State of the Parties 2022 paints an easily understood, yet detailed and multifaceted picture of the current shape of American politics. The anthology would make a great supplemental text for classes on American political parties; it is sophisticated enough for graduate courses and understandable enough for undergraduates. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty; professionals.