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Cover Image: The Triumph of Campaign-Centered Politics
  • Date: 08/13/1999
  • Format: Print Paperback
  • Price: $30.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-88911-919-9
  • Pages: 222
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The Triumph of Campaign-Centered Politics
David Menefee-Libey, Pomona College

A Chatham House Title

The Triumph of Campaign-Centered Politics is an incisive overview of contemporary campaigns and elections and the role parties play in them. Anyone looking to better understand and identify important features of current campaigns and elections, and to place these features in a historical context, will find the book invaluable. Drawing on extensive interviewing and archival research, Menefee-Libey argues that campaign-centered politics is now the dominant force in American elections with serious implications for representative democracy.

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Table of Contents


1. Parties, Elections, and American Democracy
Representation, Deliberation, and Choice
Campaign-Centered Politics and American Parties
Plan of the Book

2. The Campaign-Centered Electoral Order
The Historical Development of American Electoral Politics
The Contemporary Transformation of American Politics
Political Science and the New Politics
So What?

3. The Foundations of Campaign-Centered Politics
Electoral Politics That Doesn't Work
Post-Industrial Society and the Transformation of Group Politics
From Groups to Categories: Politics and Marketing

4. Campaign-Centered Politics Leaves the Parties Behind
Anomalies, Crises, and the Emergence of New Paradigms
Displacement from State and Local Dominance
The Nationalization of Elections
The Academics Begin to Sketch a New, "Textbook" Paradigm
Searching for a New Paradigm at the National Party Organizations
The Textbook Party Paradigm

5. Reform and the Search for a New Party-Centered Politics
Lyndon B. Johnson Tries and Discards a 'Nationalized' Party
The Origins of Reform Politics
Competing Visions in the Aftermath of 1968
An Old Liberal Ushers in Reform, Reluctantly
Accomodating the Campaign-Centered Era
Reform Loses Its Steam as McGovern Wins and Loses

6. Embracing Campaign-Centered Politics
The Republican Challenge
Seeking a Democratic Response
Charles Manatt's Dual Strategy: Build Both Party and Campaign
Paul Kirk: Embracing the Accomodationist Paradigm
Consolidation and Success under Ron Brown in 1992
The Transition Complete

7. The New Politics on Capitol Hill
The Old Politics on Capitol Hill
Accomodating Campaign-Centered Politics
Joining the Washington Establishment
The Bloom Comes Off the Rose

8. Campaigns and Parties in the Senate
Adapting to the Campaign-Centered Electoral Order
Republican Challenge and Democratic Drift
The Democratic Counterattack
Consolidation and the Beginnings of Doubt

9. The New Conventional Wisdom, Fraying at Its Edges
The New Conventional Wisdom
The Tumultuous Elections of 1994, 1996, and 1998
The Republican National Committee
The House Republicans
The Senate Republicans
The Democratic National Committee
The House Democrats
The Senate Democrats

10. The Resilience of Campaign-Centered Politics
The Parties as Partners in the New Politics
Looking Ahead


David Menefee-Libey, Pomona College
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