The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Paperback | February 12, 2012

EditorL. Sandy Maisel, Jeffrey M. Berry

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The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups is a major new volume that will help scholars assess the current state of scholarship on parties and interest groups and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on politicalparties received such an extended treatment. Twenty nine chapters critically assess both the major contributions to the literature and the ways in which it has developed. With contributions from most of the leading scholars in the field, the volume provides a definitive point of reference for allthose working in and around the area. Equally important, the authors also identify areas of new and interesting research. These chapters offer a distinctive point of view, an argument about the successes and failures of past scholarship, and a set of recommendations about how future work ought todevelop. This volume will help set the agenda for research on political parties and interest groups for the next decade.The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. EdwardsIII, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensablereference for anyone working in American politics.General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III

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The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups is a major new volume that will help scholars assess the current state of scholarship on parties and interest groups and the directions in which it needs to move. Never before has the academic literature on politicalparties received such an extended treatment. Twent...

L. Sandy Maisel is a former candidate for Congress and a Democratic party activist, he is the author of From Obscurity to Oblivion: Running in the Congressional Primary, Parties and Elections in America: The Electoral Process (published in its Third Edition, Post-Election Edition in 2001), and Two Parties -- Or More? The American Part...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Introduction1. L. Sandy Maisel and Jeffrey M. Berry: The State of Research on Political Parties and Interest GroupsPart II: Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives2. John H. Aldrich and Jeffrey D. Grynaviski: Theories of Parties3. Andrew McFarland: Interest Group Theory4. Hans Noel: Methodological Issues in the Study of Political Parties5. Scott Ainsworth: Methodological Perspectives on Interest GroupsPart III: Party History6. Joel H. Silbey: American Political Parties: History, Voters, Critical Elections, and Party Systems7. Mark D. Brewer: The Evolution and Alteration of American Party Coalitions8. John C. Green: The Party Faithful: Religion and Party Politics in AmericaPart IV: Parties in the Electoral Process9. Ray J. La Raja: Party Nominating Procedures and Recruitment - State and Local Level10. William G. Mayer: How Parties Nominate Presidents11. Daniel M. Shea: The Road Less Taken: New Directions in American Party Politics12. Ronald B. Rapoport: Winning Isn't Everything: Third Parties and the American Two-Party SystemPart V: Party Organization13. Paul S. Herrnson: The Evolution of National Party Organizations14. Byron E. Shafer: The Pure Partisan Institution: National Party Conventions as Research Sites15. Walter J. Stone: Activists, Influence, and Representation in American Elections16. David B. Magleby: Political Parties and ConsultantsPart VI: Party in Government17. David W. Rohde: What a Difference 25 Years Makes: Changing Perspectives on Parties and Leaders in the U.S. House18. Barbara Sinclair: Partisan Models and the Search for Party Effects in the US Senate19. David W. Brady: Party Coalitions in the US Congress: Intra- v. Interparty20. Sidney M. Milkis and Jesse H. Rhodes: The President, Party Politics, and Constitutional Development21. Gerald C. Wright: State Parties Research: The Quest for Strong, Competitive State PartiesPart VII: Interest Groups: Bias and Representation22. Kay L. Schlozman: Who Sings in the Heavenly Chorus: The Shape of the Organized Interest System23. Mark A. Smith: The Mobilization and Influence of Business24. Dara Z. Strolovitch and M. David Forest: Social and Economic Justice Movements and Organizations25. David Lowery and Virginia Gray: The Comparative Advantage of State Interest Organization Research26. Jeffrey M. Berry: Urban Interest GroupsPart VIII: Interest Groups: Dimensions of Behavior27. Frank M. Baumgartner: Interest Groups and Agendas28. Beth L. Leech: Lobbying and Influence29. Clyde Wilcox and Rentaro Iida: Interest Groups in American Elections30. Michael T. Heaney: Linking Political Parties and Interest Groups

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