Multiparty Politics in America: Prospects and Performance

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Paul S. Herrnson, John Clifford Green
Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 198 pages
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In the wake of Election 2000 and the Ralph Nader factor, this collection of original essays by leading political scientists examines the possibilities for and performance of minor parties in the American political system. Looking at the rise and fall of the Reform Party and the seeming upsurge in Green Party prospects, the authors present evidence and opinion about the viability of a multiparty system in the United States. New York party politics and Congressional and state legislative elections add depth to our understanding of multiparty politics in action. A unique public opinion survey shows surprising variation in citizen's attitudes toward minor parties and multiparty politics nationwide. Will minor parties flourish or flounder in the 2004 election season? This volume offers a variety of views that every voter should consider. Visit our website for sample chapters!
  

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Contents

Multiparty Politics in America Possibilities and Performance
3
TwoParty Dominance and MinorParty Forays in American Politics
9
The Case for a Multiparty System
31
In Defense of the TwoParty System
45
Public Opinion and the American Party System Possibilities for Multiparty Politics
59
Running against the Odds MinorParty Campaigns in Congressional and State Legislative Elections
79
The Rise and Decline of the Reform Party 19922000
99
Sharing the Spoils Ralph Nader the Green Party and the Elections of 2000
125
Multiparty Politics in New York
145
Barriers to MinorParty Success and Prospects for Change
161
References
175
Index
187
About the Editors and Contributors
197
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Paul S. Herrnson is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland.

John C. Green is director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at the University of Akron.