Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns

Paperback | November 17, 2011

byMatthew J. Burbank, Ronald J. Hrebenar, Robert C. Benedict

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Just in time for the 2012 elections, this book shows how political parties and interest groups have become highly interdependent in the era of candidate-centered elections, issue advocacy organizations, and media-driven campaigns. With up-to-date data including 2008 and 2010 mid-term resultsand analysis, this book looks ahead to 2012 in illustrating such important developments as the emergence of the Tea Party, increasingly polarized politics, divided government, social media, lobbying and interest group developments including the passage of health care and financial sector reformlegislation, and the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform. Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns provides one-stop shopping for understanding the new style of American politics.

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Just in time for the 2012 elections, this book shows how political parties and interest groups have become highly interdependent in the era of candidate-centered elections, issue advocacy organizations, and media-driven campaigns. With up-to-date data including 2008 and 2010 mid-term resultsand analysis, this book looks ahead to 2012 i...

Matthew Burbank, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, earned his Ph.D. from the UNC Chapel Hill. He teaches classes on American politics, elections, and research methods. His research interests focus primarily on citizen participation in politics, political parties, and urban politics. Ronald Hrebenar, P...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables, Figures, and BoxesPreface1. An Introduction to Parties, Interest Groups, and CampaignsThe Changing Nature of American Political CampaignsThe Study of Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns2. The Development of Political Parties in AmericaThe First PartiesThe Mass Party EraThe Reform of Political PartiesParty Organizations in the Modern EraConclusion: The Changing Nature of American Political Parties3. The Organization of Contemporary American PartiesParty ActivistsState and Local PartiesNational PartiesConclusion: Contemporary Parties and the Service Party Role4. The American Electoral SystemElectoral SystemsNominationsThe Electoral CollegeConclusion: The Impact of Electoral Rules5. The American ElectoratePolitical Participation in the United StatesTurnout: Who Votes?Vote Choice: How Do Voters Decide?Conclusion: The Nature of American Political Participation6. Campaign FinanceCampaign Finance and Public Decision MakingSkyrocketing Campaign Costs or Underfunded Campaigns?Reform Goals and Campaign Finance LawsCampaign Finance Laws and the Courts: A Tumultuous RelationshipPolitical Parties and Campaign Finance Law: Assessing the Impact 1The Rise and Impact of 501(c) and 527 GroupsPublic Funding and Presidential CampaignsCampaign Finance and the StatesConclusion: The State of Campaign Finance7. Campaigns and Political PartiesThe Purposes and Impacts of CampaignsThe Changing Roles of Parties in CampaignsThe Candidate: Recruitment and MotivationCampaign Organization and ManagementThe Campaign ManagerDesigning the Campaign MessageTransmitting the Campaign Message: The Rise of Social Media and the American Party SystemThe Impact of Negative CampaigningPolitical Parties as Campaign SpecialistsConclusion: A New Balance for Parties and Campaigns8. Interest Group PoliticsWhat Causes Interest Groups to Form?Political Science and Group TheoryLeadership and Interest Group PowerInternal Organizational Strength and Lobbying PowerThe Nature of Interest Group Membership in the United StatesLobbying Resources Derived from Membership Characteristics9. Interest Groups and CampaignsThe "Total War" Campaign of Health Care ReformInterest Groups Seek to Mold Public Opinion in Media CampaignsGrassroots Interest Group Issue CampaignsInterest Group Campaigns Against Parties and CandidatesInterest Group Efforts in Party CampaignsInterest Group Campaigns in Initiatives and ReferendaConclusion: The Role of Campaigns in Linking Political Parties and Interest Groups10. Interest Group LobbyingThe Lobbying ProfessionThe Lobbyist's Role in Political Issue CampaignsLobbyists and Lobbying Campaign TacticsLobby Campaigns as Information PresentationsRestrictions on Lobbying in the Federal GovernmentJudicial Lobbying CampaignsConclusion: The Persistence of Lobbying and the Nature of American PoliticsConclusionThe New Nature of American Political PartiesThe New Nature of American Interest Group PoliticsGlossaryReferencesIndex