Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America

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With revitalized and stronger political parties should we see more effective and accountable government? Despite the resurgence of parties in America, charges of irresponsible and unreliable government remain. Why the disconnect? In Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America, Marc Hetherington along with new coauthor Bruce Larson explore this question, while giving students an overview of how parties work and shape public policymaking in America.

In this eleventh edition, Hetherington and Larson provide more in-depth coverage of the parties’ functions in Congress and campaign finance. In addition, the authors examine developments in the 2008 nomination and election contests―generational voting patterns, shifts in the red-blue divide, and the possibility of a partisan realignment. No other book for this course combines the breadth of scholarship with the brevity and accessibility found here.

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Marc J. Hetherington is associate professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion section of the American Political Science Association in 2004. He recently published Why Trust Matters: Declining Political Trust and the Demise of American Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 2005). He has published numerous articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

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Parties, Politics, and Public Policy in America is a rare text because of both its accessibility and its scope. The text is well-written, packed with real-world illustrations and examples of key conceptual points, and it is well-organized, covering all the major sub-topics I need covered. The text's connection with public policy is what really sets it apart, however, allowing students to easily understand the important policy implications of the structure and behavior of political parties in America. It is, by far, the most useful parties text on the market. --- Lawrence Becker, California State University, Northridge

Parties, Politics and Public Policy is one of the best textbooks in American politics at introducing both the broad sweep of the political science of parties as well as the relevant contemporary research to students. However, the biggest contribution made by Hetherington and Larson is the respect they bring for their audience as they explain sophisticated concepts without reducing them to vague pabulum. Academic debates over topics like polarization are tightly connected to the real world concerns that probably inspired students to study party politics in the first place. Simply put, this book will help the reader make sense of what can appear to be a large and sprawling area of knowledge. - --Michael Tofias, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Parties, Politics and Public Policy is one of the best textbooks in American politics at introducing both the broad sweep of the political science of parties as well as the relevant contemporary research to students. However, the biggest contribution made by Hetherington and Larson is the respect they bring for their audience as they explain sophisticated concepts without reducing them to vague pabulum. Academic debates over topics like polarization are tightly connected to the real world concerns that probably inspired students to study party politics in the first place. Simply put, this book will help the reader make sense of what can appear to be a large and sprawling area of knowledge. - --Michael Tofias, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Parties, Politics and Public Policy is one of the best textbooks in American politics at introducing both the broad sweep of the political science of parties as well as the relevant contemporary research to students. However, the biggest contribution made by Hetherington and Larson is the respect they bring for their audience as they explain sophisticated concepts without reducing them to vague pabulum. Academic debates over topics like polarization are tightly connected to the real world concerns that probably inspired students to study party politics in the first place. Simply put, this book will help the reader make sense of what can appear to be a large and sprawling area of knowledge. --- Michael Tofias, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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