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Author Gimpel, James G.

Title National elections and the autonomy of American state party systems / James Gimpel.

Published Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c1996.


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 UniM Bail  324.273 GIMP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 241 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Series Pitt series in policy and institutional studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-236) and index.
Contents 1. National Elections and the Autonomy of American State Party Systems -- 2. The Variants of Two-Party Competition -- 3. The Once Firm Foundation: New York and New Jersey -- 4. Deindustrialization and the Erosion of Party Unity: Ohio and Pennsylvania -- 5. Candidate-Centered Politics in the Desert Southwest: New Mexico and Arizona -- 6. Panning for Partisans in a Turbulent Environment: California -- 7. Where Federalism Is a Solvent of Party: The Pacific Northwest -- 8. Sectionalism Disrupts the Party System: Idaho -- 9. Competition and the Sources of Candidate-Centeredness in State Politics.
Summary Traditional theories of party organization have emphasized two-party electoral competition as the force behind party unity in state politics. V. O. Key first advanced this theory in Southern Politics, where he concluded that party factionalism in the South was mainly attributable to the one-party character of the region. But this traditional theory does not fit all states equally well. In the states of the West, especially, parties are competitive, but political activity is centered on candidates, not parties. The theory of candidate-centered politics allows Gimpel to explain why party factionalism has persisted in many regions of the United States in spite of fierce two-party competition. Using interviews, polling data, elections returns, and demographic information, Gimpel contends that major upheavals in the two-party balance of presidential voting may leave lower offices untouched.
Subject Political parties -- United States -- States.
State governments -- United States.
ISBN 0822939401 (cloth : acid-free paper)
0822955970 (pbk. : acid-free paper)