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The American Political Pattern: Stability and Change, 1932-2016 (Studies in Government and Public Policy) by [Shafer, Byron E.]
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"Shafer aims to provide a means to understand the whole of American politics since the New Deal, and in this he succeeds. Highly recommended"—Choice

"We have here an original ordering of American political history since 1932 that makes good sense. Shafer brings together evidence on election results, roll call voting, and party organization to craft his case. There is wealth of historical information presented with a deft touch."—David R. Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University

"Understanding the broad historical sweep of changing political party bases and the connection to policy enactments in Congress is a very demanding task. Too often scholars focus on just one of these or get bogged down in detail and history gets lost. Byron Shafer has drawn on his remarkable breadth of knowledge and managed to produce an engaging analysis of shifting party concerns, evolving factional party fights, and how these affected voting on policy legislation. For those who want a wide-ranging and enlightening political history, this is an outstanding book. Books like this come along far too infrequently. I highly recommend it." —Jeffrey M. Stonecash, author of Party Pursuits and the Presidential-House Election Connection, 1900–2008

"This is a masterful analysis by a distinguished scholar of American politics. Focusing on the interplay between party balance, ideological polarization, and central issue domains across four eras of American politics since the Great Depression, Shafer presents a vivid account of dynamic political transformations. For the many political observers who bemoan today’s bitter partisan and policy conflicts, Shafer’s book is a bracing reminder that the current era, like its predecessors, will pass away."—Bruce Miroff, author of Presidents on Political Ground: Leaders in Action and What They Face

"I know of no other book on political partisanship that so deftly combines electoral analysis, institutional politics and substantive public policy debate."—Gareth Davies, author of See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan

About the Author

Byron E. Shafer is Hawkins Chair of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His many books include The Two Majorities and the Puzzle of Modern American Politics, also from Kansas.

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  • File Size: 4165 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0700623272
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (November 30, 2016)
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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