The State of Research on Political Parties and Interest Groups

L. Sandy Maisel and Jeffrey M. Berry

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199542628
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 The State of Research on Political Parties and Interest Groups

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This book addresses the literatures on political parties and on interest groups. It first presents a series of discussion on theoretical and methodological perspectives. This is followed by party history and parties in the electoral process. It then considers the party in government as well as bias and representation. The final part, on dimensions of behaviour, analyzes different interest group roles and forms of advocacy. The parties and interest group fields are dynamic and this book reflects judgments about research at a particular point in time.

Keywords: political parties; interest groups; party history; electoral process; government; advocacy; bias; representation

Article.  7527 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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