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Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America

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A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years - and how theyll decide the future of American politics.

 

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack Obama in 2008 and then, in a seeming reversal, gave control of Congress to the Republicans in 2010. But who are these independents?  Angry moderates?  Frustrated ideologues? The base for the third party?  Reformers or revolutionaries?  Jacqueline Salit has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders.  She recounts the little-known history of this volatile force as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant - even repugnant - to many Americans. An architect of unorthodox left/right coalitions within the Perot movement and Reform Party, and manager of Michael Bloombergs three New York mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, Salit explores how these unclaimed voters are not only deciding elections, but reshaping the political landscape.  With a surprising cast of characters - from the famous to the unknown - Salit argues that the failure to heed this movement against partisanship (and even parties) puts political careers at risk and damages essential features of American democracy.  She reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound moment in the sun. 

Review:

"Given the upcoming presidential election, Salit's earnest and informative book is sure to be consulted by those trying to understand the enigmatic and influential independent voter. Independents first spilled into the mainstream with the 1992 presidential campaign of Ross Perot (who garnered 19% of the popular vote) and have been a driving source of politics ever since. Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org and publisher of The Neo-Independent magazine, details the history of independents from Perot to Bloomberg and into the age of Obama. Covering both national and regional concerns, the book is strongest when it demystifies the movement itself. As Salit emphatically illustrates, independents are not motivated by ideology but, rather, by a desire to reform the current political system. Such reforms would include opening up primary elections and the end of partisan dominance. Salit often touts her credentials within the movement, but her closeness to the story serves to highlight the book's weaknesses, which include the sometimes defensive tone, bland anecdotes about lunch meetings, and confusing accounts of political infighting. Regardless, the book gives necessary voice to voters who are fed up with partisan politics and desire change. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years - and how theyll decide the future of American politics.

 

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack Obama in 2008 and then, in a seeming reversal, gave control of Congress to the Republicans in 2010. But who are these independents?  Angry moderates?  Frustrated ideologues? The base for the third party?  Reformers or revolutionaries?  Jacqueline Salit has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders.  She recounts the little-known history of this volatile force as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant - even repugnant - to many Americans. An architect of unorthodox left/right coalitions within the Perot movement and Reform Party, and manager of Michael Bloombergs three New York mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, Salit explores how these unclaimed voters are not only deciding elections, but reshaping the political landscape.  With a surprising cast of characters - from the famous to the unknown - Salit argues that the failure to heed this movement against partisanship (and even parties) puts political careers at risk and damages essential features of American democracy.  She reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound moment in the sun. 

Synopsis:

As today's Tea Party movement demonstrates, Republicans and Democrats are out of touch with a huge section of the electorate. Despite two-party dominance in Washington, a full 38 percent of Americans identify themselves as independents who hold no allegiance to either the Democrats or the Republicans. Yet, as large as this group has become, they are only vaguely understood. Independent insider Jacqueline Salit chronicles the history of the independent movement on both ends of the spectrum, and explores what these unclaimed voters mean for the future of American politics. She argues that over the last 30 years, an increasing number of Americans have come to feel disenfranchised, and that opting for a third party candidate, whether it be Ross Perot or Ralph Nader, is a way to send a message of their discontent to Washington. She also shows how independent voters too often underestimate their own political power, and offers a blueprint for how groups across the country can make their voices and issues heard.

About the Author

Jacqueline S. Salit is the president of IndependentVoting.org, the countrys leading strategy and organizing center for independents, with chapters in 40 states, and the publisher of The Neo-Independent magazine. Her political commentary has appeared in countless publications and she has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBC, PBS, FOX and CSPAN.  Salit is also a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program The Fairness Doctrine and produced Talk/Talk with the late public philosopher Fred Newman.  She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230339125
Author:
Salit, Jacqueline
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan Trade
Author:
Salit, Jacqueline S.
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Given the upcoming presidential election, Salit's earnest and informative book is sure to be consulted by those trying to understand the enigmatic and influential independent voter. Independents first spilled into the mainstream with the 1992 presidential campaign of Ross Perot (who garnered 19% of the popular vote) and have been a driving source of politics ever since. Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org and publisher of The Neo-Independent magazine, details the history of independents from Perot to Bloomberg and into the age of Obama. Covering both national and regional concerns, the book is strongest when it demystifies the movement itself. As Salit emphatically illustrates, independents are not motivated by ideology but, rather, by a desire to reform the current political system. Such reforms would include opening up primary elections and the end of partisan dominance. Salit often touts her credentials within the movement, but her closeness to the story serves to highlight the book's weaknesses, which include the sometimes defensive tone, bland anecdotes about lunch meetings, and confusing accounts of political infighting. Regardless, the book gives necessary voice to voters who are fed up with partisan politics and desire change. Agent: Robert Guinsler, Sterling Lord Literistic." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years - and how theyll decide the future of American politics.

 

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack Obama in 2008 and then, in a seeming reversal, gave control of Congress to the Republicans in 2010. But who are these independents?  Angry moderates?  Frustrated ideologues? The base for the third party?  Reformers or revolutionaries?  Jacqueline Salit has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders.  She recounts the little-known history of this volatile force as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant - even repugnant - to many Americans. An architect of unorthodox left/right coalitions within the Perot movement and Reform Party, and manager of Michael Bloombergs three New York mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, Salit explores how these unclaimed voters are not only deciding elections, but reshaping the political landscape.  With a surprising cast of characters - from the famous to the unknown - Salit argues that the failure to heed this movement against partisanship (and even parties) puts political careers at risk and damages essential features of American democracy.  She reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound moment in the sun. 

"Synopsis" by ,
As today's Tea Party movement demonstrates, Republicans and Democrats are out of touch with a huge section of the electorate. Despite two-party dominance in Washington, a full 38 percent of Americans identify themselves as independents who hold no allegiance to either the Democrats or the Republicans. Yet, as large as this group has become, they are only vaguely understood. Independent insider Jacqueline Salit chronicles the history of the independent movement on both ends of the spectrum, and explores what these unclaimed voters mean for the future of American politics. She argues that over the last 30 years, an increasing number of Americans have come to feel disenfranchised, and that opting for a third party candidate, whether it be Ross Perot or Ralph Nader, is a way to send a message of their discontent to Washington. She also shows how independent voters too often underestimate their own political power, and offers a blueprint for how groups across the country can make their voices and issues heard.
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