The Decline of American Political Parties by Martin P. Wattenberg

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The Decline of American Political Parties, Martin P. Wattenberg Introduction The element of politics in America is very dynamic and even at times controversial; it seeks to encompass wide array and area in a manner that binds and restricts numerous the elements of the society that continue to dictate various elements. It is important to understand the position of race within the contemporary American society. Since time immemorial, various the different races tended to assume a competing stance against each other as they struggled to bring about an element of coherence and nobility into the whole idea of politics. America continues to be a diverse society; there are different people who call the nation home. Most of these people worry about the differences that might manifest in their lives and they continue to advance various notions of democracy and utter responsibility. It is understandable that there is always conflict in diversity; the best way to handle these conflicts is to afford a proper and efficient way of conflict resolution. Wattenberg, in the Decline of American Political Parties, 1952-1996 seeks to analyze and avail a scenario that illuminates the goings on in the American society. While he affords various reasons for the said decline in influence of the American political parties, the idea of conflict in races gains a prominent place in the discourse. While the author does not mention it, it is possible to state that the idea of diversity played a part in the decline of political parties in the mid to end of the 20th Century. The significance and place of this author within the contemporary society cannot pass without noticed. Martin Wattenberg is a prominent political scientist and professor; his opinions c... ... middle of paper ... ...ton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. Epstein, Leon D. Political parties in the American mold. University of Wisconsin Press, 1986. Fiorina, Morris P. "The decline of collective responsibility in American politics." Daedalus (1980): 25-45. Kohfeld, C. W. Race and the decline of class in American politics. University of Illinois Press, 1989. LaPalombara, Joseph, and Myron Weiner. Political parties and political development. Princeton University Press, 1969. McGerr, Michael E. The decline of popular politics: the American North, 1865-1928. Oxford University Press, 1986. Pharr, Susan J., Robert D. Putnam, and Russell J. Dalton. "A quarter-century of declining confidence." Journal of democracy 11, no. 2 (2000): 5-25. Shefter, Martin. Political parties and the state: The American historical experience. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994.

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