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Engines of ChangeParty Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010$
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Daniel DiSalvo

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199891702

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891702.001.0001

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Breaking Up the Party

Breaking Up the Party

Factions and Splinter Parties

(p.87) Chapter 5 Breaking Up the Party
Engines of Change

Daniel DiSalvo

Oxford University Press

Creating a splinter party for an election cycle or two is a risky move factions occasionally make in hopes of changing their party’s preferences and shifting its reputation to the left or the right. This chapter discusses factions that believed that by creating their own party they could re-fight the battle they lost at the nomination stage. It threats the Liberal Republican Party of 1872, the Progressive Party of 1912, the Dixiecrat Party of 1948, and the Independence Party of 1968. Looking at the cases treated here, splinter parties are rarely able to affect the left-right shift of their party of origin that they seek.

Keywords:   Third parties, Progressive Party, Liberal Republican Party, Dixiecrat Party, Independence Party

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