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Party Wars : Polarization and the Politics of National Policy Making (06 Edition)by Barbara Sinclair
Synopses & ReviewsPlease note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.
Party Wars is the first book to describe how the ideological gulf now separating the two major parties developed and how todayand#8217;s fierce partisan competition affects the political process and national policy.
Barbara Sinclair traces the current ideological divide to changes in the Republican party in the 1970s and 1980s, including the rise of neoconservativism and the Religious Right. Because of these historical developments, Democratic and Republican voters today differ substantially in what they consider good public policy, and so do the politicians they elect.
Polarization has produced institutional consequences in the House of Representatives and in the Senateand#151;witness the majority partyand#8217;s threat in 2004and#150;2005 to use the and#147;nuclear optionand#8221; of abolishing the filibuster. The presidentand#8217;s strategies for dealing with Congress have also been affected, raising the price of compromise with the opposing party and allowing a Republican president to govern largely from the ideological right. Other players in the national policy communityand#151;interest groups, think tanks, and the mediaand#151;have also joined one or the other partisan and#147;team.and#8221;
Party Wars puts all the parts together to provide the first government-wide survey of the impact of polarization on national politics. Sinclair pinpoints weaknesses in the highly polarized system and offers several remedies.
A masterful analysis of the most significant American political trend in the past forty years.
About the Author
Barbara Sinclair is Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress.
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