Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byDaniel DiSalvo

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In Engines of Change, which is part the Oxford Studies in Postwar American Political Development series, Daniel DiSalvo provides the first full account of the role of these national intra-party "factions" in American politics. A faction, as defined here, is a party sub-unit that has enoughideological consistency, organizational capacity, and temporal durability to sustain intra-party conflict. Drawing from the last 150 years of American political history, DiSalvo explains how factions have shaped the parties' ideologies, impacted presidential nominations, structured patterns ofpresidential governance, and impacted the development of the American state. He demonstrates that factions can acquire the power to shape the parties' ideologies, impact presidential nominations, structure the patterns of presidential governance, and impact the development of the American state. Indeed, factions are often just as or more important than the partiesthemselves in driving political change. Sweeping in scope, Engines of Change promises to reshape our understanding of the forces most responsible for driving political change in modern American history.

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In Engines of Change, which is part the Oxford Studies in Postwar American Political Development series, Daniel DiSalvo provides the first full account of the role of these national intra-party "factions" in American politics. A faction, as defined here, is a party sub-unit that has enoughideological consistency, organizational capaci...

Daniel DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at City College of New York (CUNY).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199891702

ISBN - 13:9780199891702

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Preface: Parties and Factions in American PoliticsI. Introduction: Four Questions about American Party FactionsII. Factions and the Study of American Political PartiesIII. Conveyor Belts of Ideas: Factions and Party IdeologyIV. Selecting a Party Leader: Factions and Presidential NominationsV. Breaking up the Party: Factions and Splinter PartiesVI. Power Distributors: Factions in CongressVII. Shaping the Situation: Factions and the PresidentVIII. Factions and American State BuildingIX. Factions, Party Responsibility, and American Institutions