This book treats the modern liberal and conservative ideologies as the driving forces behind of our modern political parties. Liberalism and conservatism emerged in the twentieth century as important forces independent of existing political parties. These ideologies then reshaped parties in their own image. Modern polarization can thus be explained as the natural outcome of living in a period, perhaps the first in our history, in which two dominant ideologies have captured the two dominant political parties.
About the Author
Hans Noel is an Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University, where he teaches on political parties and statistical methods. He received his PhD in 2006 from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University and a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Reform at the University of Michigan. Noel is the recipient of the 2009 Emerging Scholar Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section of the American Political Science Association. He is the co-author of The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform.