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The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Edited by L. Sandy Maisel, Jeffrey M. Berry [[missing key: and]] George C. Edwards

Volume 1, issue Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199542628
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199542628.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

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Activists, Influence, and Representation in American Elections

Walter J. Stone.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 7387 words.

This article describes the place of party activists in the electoral process, with attention to questions about whether and how they distort processes of electoral representation in the...

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American Political Parties

Joel H. Silbey.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Institutions. 11077 words.

This article provides a sweeping analysis of the history of American political parties. It specifically uses the lens of critical election theory to explore the scholarly treatment of the...

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The Comparative Advantage of State Interest Organization Research

David Lowery and Virginia Gray.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 7490 words.

This article provides a contrast between the ‘explosion of large-n studies’ and the more modest progress in theory building and hypothesis testing in research on state-level interest...

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The Evolution and Alteration of American Party Coalitions

Mark D. Brewer.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 10895 words.

This article argues that, at their most fundamental level, political parties have one primary goal: the construction of a coalition that enables them to win elections and exercise...

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The Evolution of National Party Organizations

Paul S. Herrnson.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 7667 words.

This article describes the development of national party organizations, their relationship with other party committees, and their evolving role in contemporary elections. Changes in the...

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How Parties Nominate Presidents

William G. Mayer.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Institutions. 8373 words.

This article reviews the evolution of the presidential nominating process and the role of party in securing presidential nominations from the founding to the modern era. It also describes...

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Interest Group Theory

Andrew McFarland.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 8796 words.

This article considers the four steps of interest group theory as it applies to American politics: group theory; Robert Dahl's pluralism; multiple elitist theory; and neopluralism....

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Interest Groups and Agendas

Frank R. Baumgartner.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 6516 words.

This article starts by paying homage to E. E. Schattschneider, crediting him with initiating the study of interest groups and agenda building. Schattschneider shows a sense that the groups...

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Interest Groups in American Elections

Clyde Wilcox and Rentaro Iida.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 6439 words.

This article examines the myriad ways that interest groups are active in American elections, and the difficulties that scholars face in answering basic questions about this activity. The...

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Linking Political Parties and Interest Groups

Michael T. Heaney.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 8730 words.

This article argues that political parties and interest groups are intricately and inextricably linked to one another. First, it examines co-evolution, discipline, brokerage, and identity a...

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Lobbying and Influence

Beth L. Leech.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 8223 words.

This article provides an overview of the scholarly efforts to document the influence of interest groups and suggest some reasons why there is such a great disconnect between popular belief...

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Methodological Issues in the Study of Political Parties

Hans Noel.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Methodology. 8984 words.

This article considers the quantitative methods in the study of political parties. It focuses on the most important methodological issues concerning the study of parties in V. O. Key's...

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Methodological Perspectives on Interest Groups

Scott Ainsworth.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Methodology. 7749 words.

This article uses many interest group classics as well as a wide range of new works to show key methodological concerns for the interest group subfield. Each of the main sections of this...

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The Mobilization and Influence of Business Interests

Mark A. Smith.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Institutions. 7518 words.

This article provides a discussion on mobilization and the effect of business interests, emphasizing American domestic politics. One major area of research involves questions over why and...

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Partisan Models and the Search for Party Effects in the US Senate

Barbara Sinclair.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Institutions. 8749 words.

This article addresses what to do know about party in the US Senate and the questions that still need to be addressed. It also mentions that treating the Senate separately from the House in...

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Party Coalitions in the US Congress:

David W. Brady.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Politics and Law. 6954 words.

This article demonstrates that the focus of scholars on the nature of coalitions within the parties and across parties in the US Congress has been and is that such coalitions are ultimately...

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The Party Faithful

John C. Green.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 7965 words.

This article discusses the religious elements of the major party coalitions in the American public. It first addresses why religion is relevant to party politics at a conceptual level. The...

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Party Nominating Procedures and Recruitment—State and Local Level

Raymond J. La Raja.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 8377 words.

This article explores the roles that parties play in state and local nominations and the research on those roles, finding a relative dearth of scholarship despite the opportunities for...

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Political Parties and Consultants

David B. Magleby.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Behaviour. 6765 words.

This article explains the development of political consultants in American politics and the increasing interaction of consultants and political parties. It starts by reviewing the history...

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The President, Party Politics, and Constitutional Development

Sidney M. Milkis and Jesse H. Rhodes.

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

January 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Article. Subjects: Politics; US Politics; Political Institutions. 11435 words.

This article explores the troubled relationship between the presidency and the political parties. The modern presidency became part of the living constitution as the guardian of new rights....

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