First to the Party

First to the Party

The Group Origins of Party Transformation

Book - 2018
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What determines the interests, ideologies, and alliances that make up political parties? In its entire history, the United States has had only a handful of party transformations. First to the Party concludes that groups like unions and churches, not voters or politicians, are the most consistent influences on party transformation
"The United States has scores of potential issues and ideologies but only two major political parties. How parties respond to competing demands for their attention is therefore central to American democracy. First to the Party argues that organized groups set party agendas by invading party nominations to support candidates committed to their interests. Where the nominees then go, the parties also go." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9780812249637
0812249631
Characteristics: 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 40027590336

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