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Party Coalitions in the 1980s

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Title: Party Coalitions in the 1980s

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

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Paperback. 464 pages. Dimensions: 8.1in. x 5.2in. x 1.3in.The election of 1980 did more than break the Democrats control of the White House and Congress. It also shattered some important assumptions about the character of our voting coalitions and the condition of our political parties. It opened some possibilities for the remainder of the century that had not been there before. These reflections by David S. Broder in the introduction to Party Coalitions in the 1980s are echoed in the essays of the twenty-one scholars, party leaders, and candidates in the volume. This book presents a detailed and lively discussion of the past history, present significance, and future implications of coalitions in the American two-party political system. Patrick H. Caddell observed that Reagan has skillfully huddled a variety of conservative program and issue initiatives under the umbrella of economic revitalization. In that vein, Richard B. Wirthlin argued that the 1980 presidential election should be viewed as a major opportunity to redraft the policy agenda of this country. Realizing that change is one of the few constants in politics, Lipset and his colleagues set forth strategies and guideposts for Republicans and Democrats who sought to build winning coalitions for the elections of the 1980s. Contents and Contributors: Seymour Martin Lipset, Party Coalitions and the 1980 Election; S. l. Hayakawa, The Two-Party System; Richard Jensen, Party Coalitions and the Search for Modern Values; Paul Kleppner, Coalitional and Party Transformation in the 1890s; Jerome M. Clubb, Party Coalitions in the Early Twentieth Century; Everett Carll Ladd, The Shifting Party Coalitions; Nelson W. Polsby, Coalition and Faction in American Politics; William Schneider, Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives; E. J. Dionne, Jr. , Catholics and Democrats; Alan M. Fisher, Jewish Political Shift; Martin P. Wattenburg and Arthur H. Miller, Decay in Party Coalitions; Richard B. Wirthlin, The Republican, Strategy and Its Electoral Consequences; Patrick Caddell, The Democratic Strategy and Electoral Consequences; John B. Anderson, Developing a Grand Coalition; Walter Dean Burnham, Toward Confrontation; Michael Harrington, The Prospects for Reaganomics; Howard Phillips, More Independent Presidential Candidacies; Norman Podhoretz, The New American Majority; Richard M. Scammon, The Republican Prospects; Seymour Martin Lipset, The American Party System. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780917616433

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"The election of 1980 did more than break the Democrats' control of the White House and Congress. It also shattered some important assumptions about the character of our voting coalitions and the condition of our political parties. It opened some possibilities for the remainder of the century that had not been there before." These reflections by David S. Broder in the introduction to Party Coalitions in the 1980s are echoed in the essays of the twenty-one scholars, party leaders, and candidates in the volume.

This book presents a detailed and lively discussion of the past history, present significance, and future implications of coalitions in the American two-party political system. Patrick H. Caddell observed that "Reagan has skillfully huddled a variety of conservative program and issue initiatives under the umbrella of'economic revitalization.'" In that vein, Richard B. Wirthlin argued that "the 1980 presidential election should be viewed as a major ... opportunity to redraft the policy agenda of this country." Realizing that change is one of the few constants in politics, Lipset and his colleagues set forth strategies and guideposts for Republicans and Democrats who sought to build winning coalitions for the elections of the 1980s.

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Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006) was professor emeritus of sociology at George Mason University. Among his books are American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword; North American Cultures: Values and Institutions in Canada and the United States; Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics; and Rebellion in the University. He had a long-standing interest in Israel and Jewish affairs, and was past president of the Association of American Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

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