The eighteenth edition of Party Politics in America continues the comprehensive and authoritative coverage of political parties for which it is known while expanding and updating the treatment of key related topics including interest groups and elections. Marjorie Hershey builds on the book’s three-pronged coverage of party organization, party in the electorate, and party in government and integrates contemporary examples—such as voter suppression, negative partisanship, campaign finance reform, party polarization, and social media—to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties shape our political system.
New to the 18th Edition
Adds coverage of Trump and Trumpism, showing continuity as well as change in the parties and the electorate. Examines the dynamics of party coalition-building, especially as related to demographic factors including age, ethnicity, and educational levels.
Updates all data, references, and many feature boxes through the elections of 2020. Full color presentation and author-written test bank round out the complement of offerings.
Table of Contents
List of Figures List of Tables List of Boxes Foreward by John H. Aldrich Preface Acknowledgments Part I Parties and Party Systems 1 What Are Political Parties? 2 The American Two-Party System Part II The Political Party as an Organization 3 The State and Local Party Organizations 4 The Parties’ National Organizations 5 Party Activists Part III The Political Party in the Electorate 6 Party Identification 7 Party Coalitions and Party Change 8 Parties and Voter Turnout Part IV Parties, Nominations, and Elections 9 How Parties Choose Candidates 10 Choosing the Presidential Nominees 11 The General Election 12 Financing the Campaigns Part V The Party in Government 13 Parties in Congress and State Legislatures 14 The Party in the Executive and the Courts 15 The Semi-Responsible Parties 16 The Place of Parties in American Politics
Marjorie Randon Hershey is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Indiana University—Bloomington. She continues to teach, research, and participate in American government writ large.
Praise for the 18th Edition
"Hershey gives a remarkable update to her classic book on political parties. The new additions are timely and represent the current trends in this evolving field. This book continues to be the standard for teaching about American political parties."
---Beth Ginsberg, University of Connecticut—Stamford
"A political parties textbook needs to cover a tremendous amount of ground—from party organizations to nomination contests to partisan attitudes in the electorate and beyond. Marjorie Randon Hershey’s Party Politics in America does it all superbly. Combing fresh insights, the latest scholarship, and current politics in a highly engaging text, this new edition is indispensable for classes."
--Bruce Larson, Gettysburg College
Praise for the 17th Edition
"Why should you use this book to guide you in the search for understanding democratic politics in America? The short answer is that this book is the best guide you can have."
John H. Aldrich, Duke University, from the Foreword
"This new edition of Party Politics in America continues its tradition of combining the most comprehensive coverage of scholarly research with an up-to-date treatment of the rapidly-changing party and electoral landscape. The 2016 election cycle has produced more drama and change for American parties than any in decades, and Marjorie Randon Hershey chronicles it especially well. Between its readability and stellar integration of scholarship and current politics, this book will appeal to students and instructors alike. I look forward to using it in my course, and to learning from it in my own research."
Paul A. Beck, The Ohio State University
"In the midst of unprecedented events and personalities in American politics, one thing remains unchanged: Party Politics in America is an unparalleled resource for understanding the central role of political parties in American democracy. With clear, accessible language and organization, Marjorie Randon Hershey covers every aspect of American party politics in a way that enables readers to make sense of and identify patterns in what appears to be a messy, even irrational, system."
Christina Wolbrecht, University of Notre Dame
"This text continues to be the gold standard for courses on American political parties. In clearly written and engaging prose, these chapters reflect enduring wisdom alongside newly developed analytical insights from the best scholars. Marjorie Randon Hershey also does a wonderful job of contextualizing parties in the American political climate, documenting the challenges they face, and pointing out the myriad ways parties structure and influence behavior and policy."
Kyle Saunders, Colorado State University