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The Inevitable Party: Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy

Seth Masket

Abstract

This book is a study of antiparty reforms and why they fail. Numerous reform movements over the past century have designated parties as the enemy of democracy, and they have found a willing ally in the American people in their efforts to rein in and occasionally root out parties. The book investigates several of these antiparty reform efforts—from open primaries to campaign finance restrictions to nonpartisan legislatures—using legislative roll call votes, campaign donations patterns, and extensive interviews with local political elites. These cases each demonstrate parties adapting to, and so ... More

Keywords: political parties, primaries, reform, state politics, legislatures, nominations, policy demanders, activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190220839
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190220839.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Seth Masket, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Denver