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The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System since the New Deal Paperback – November 11, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0195084252 ISBN-10: 019508425X

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Editorial Reviews


"Well written and thoroughly thought out, a good teaching text."--Donald Crumbley, Sr., Columbia College

"Excellent book... Milkis has accomplished a superb marriage of political history and social science explanation, and his book offers a fundamental explanation of the institutional politics of the modern presidency."--American Politics

"Well written and interesting, rich historical detail."--Henry Sirgo, McNeese State University

"The author's presentation of presidential politics in the U.S. is both balanced and insightful."--Robert Cropf, St. Louis University

"A useful, historical treatment of where the parties have been and where--if anywhere--they're going in the fractioned American political 'system'!"--Roger Hamburg, Indiana University at South Bend

"Professor Milkis obviously has done an enormous amount of research. This text would be good to use for upper level or graduate students."--David Robinson, University of Houston

"For anyone interested in how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal shaped the American party system, this will be required reading. Milkis argues, convincingly, that Roosevelt made an eyes-open choice to build an administrative presidency rather than rule through party government."--David Mayhew, Yale University

"Milkis raises deeply disturbing questions about the implications of 'liberating the presidency' for promoting the degradation of American democracy....A book which deserves to be read. More than that, it should be given careful attention."--Walter Dean Burnham, University of Texas at Austin

"Shows how the growth of presidential power in the twentieth century created a politics of administration that has supplanted a vigorous party politics. This book will prove fascinating and indispensable reading for all who are concerned about the vitality of democratic institutions in the United States."--Margaret Weir, The Brookings Institution

"A masterful discussion of the origin and design of the administrative state and its consequences for the republic. No one sees the causes of our discontents more clearly than Milkis, and no one has a better idea of what it will take to revive democracy."--Wilson Carey McWilliams, Rutgers University

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Sidney M. Milkis is at Brandeis University.

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