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Author Karol, David, 1969-

Title Party position change in American politics : coalition management / David Karol.

Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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 UniM Bail  324.273 KARO    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 312 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Explaining Party Position Change: Theory and Method -- 2. Coalition Maintenance: The Politics of Trade Policy -- 3. Coalition Group Incorporation: The Politics of Abortion and Gun Control -- 4. The Politics of Race: Coalition Maintenance in the North, Coalition Group Incorporation in the South -- 5. Coalition Expansion: The Politics of National Defense and Fiscal Policy -- 6. Conclusions -- Appendix. Data Sources and Procedures.
Summary "America's two-party system is highly stable, but its parties' issue positions are not. Democrats and Republicans have changed sides on many subjects, including trade, civil rights, defense spending, and fiscal policy and have polarized on newer issues like abortion and gun control. Yet party position change remains poorly understood. In this book David Karol views parties as coalitions of groups with intense preferences on particular issues managed by politicians. He explains important variations in party position change: the speed of shifts, the stability of new positions, and the extent to which change occurs via adaptation by incumbents." "Karol shows that the key question is whether parties are reacting to changed preferences of coalition components, incorporating new constituencies, or experimenting on "groupless" issues. He reveals that adaptation by incumbents is a far greater source of change than was previously recognized. This study enhances our understanding of parties, interest groups, and representation."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Political parties -- United States.
Coalitions -- United States.
Political planning -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
ISBN 9780521517164 (hc)
9780521738194 (pbk.)
0521517168 (hc)
0521738199 (pbk.)