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The Party Decides: Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform (Chicago Studies in American Politics)

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"The Party Decides is an important book that will set a new standard for understanding the primary election process. The authors use history, anecdotes, and newspaper stories to great advantage, enriching the impressive collection of data they have compiled to support their argument that the nomination process is dominated by a mix of players, but is mainly based on partisans and policy demanders." - David Brady, Stanford University"

About the Author

Marty Cohen is assistant professor of political science at James Madison University. David Karol is assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Hans Noel is assistant professor of government at Georgetown University. John Zaller is professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Series: Chicago Studies in American Politics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226112373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226112374
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How political parties form could be a subject too esoteric to gain interest outside of academic circles. But an understanding of what makes a political party, from intense policy demanders, to their long coalition, has merit to anyone curious about the American political process. The notion that American political parties are passing away is a widely disseminated one. Using copious amounts of statistical data, this book tells a different story. Hardly a potboiler, this book portrays the a history of political parties in an insightful way that will lead one to a different conclusion. You may disagree, but the authors have tried very hard to prove otherwise.
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I read this book for class and it provides plenty of great insights into the American political system, especially parties. It is an advanced style of writing for non-political scientists, but if you're interested in reading into how political nominations and parties function this is the book for you!
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Cohen, Karol, Noel, and Zaller bridge the gap between academics' deep knowledge of political behavior and practitioners' sense of how elite politics actually work to produce perhaps the finest single bok on presidential politics in the past 25 years. The Party Decides deserves a spot beside classics such as Richard Neustadt's Presidential Power--and if your shelves only have room for one volume, junk Neustadt. In accessible but rigorous language, the authors lay out a persuasive theory of how partisan elites shape the selection of American presidential candidates, exercising their considerable power in a way that's both transparent--you can watch it happen in Iowa, in New Hampshire, and the pages of Politico!--but almost invisible because it's so transparent.
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Good argument that one never votes for a person without voting for the party as well. One person alone cannot do much. One must always look at the persons ability to work with and influence others on the party. The candidate alone does not rule. They join a party that rules. This is why our system is difficult to change. It takes a party yet we too often elect people who can't work together.
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