Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns

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Paradigm Publishers, 2008 - Political Science - 264 pages
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Political parties and interest groups have been important to understanding who gets what in American politics for many years. The traditional view was that political parties were concerned with winning elections and interest groups sought to influence the actions of public policy makers. Even a cursory examination of contemporary American elections, however, reveals that both political parties and interest groups are actively engaged in promoting candidates, raising money, and seeking to influence voters. The actions of political parties and interest groups have become increasingly focused on political campaigns. Thus, the central theme in this book is that the activities of political parties and interest groups no longer play out in separate spheres but increasingly have come together in the conduct of contemporary political campaigns. In this book we bring together the study of interest group activities with the history, development, and contemporary organization of political parties and the conduct of contemporary American political campaigns. In so doing, we seek to provide students with a more complete and compelling understanding of these crucial actors and events in American politics.

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The Organization of Contemporary American Parties
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Matthew J. Burbank is Associate Professor in political science at the University of Utah. He teaches on American politics, elections, and research methods.

Ronald J. Hrebenar is Professor of political science at the University of Utah. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of 12 books and more than 30 articles and chapters on the topics of interest groups, lobbying, political parties, and elections in the United States and Japan.

Robert C. Benedict is Associate Professor in political science at the University of Utah. His writing focuses on the American West, environmental policy, the use of the initiative and referendum, and political parties.

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