Considered the "gold standard" of political parties texts, this new, eighteenth edition of Party Politics in America moves its comprehensive and authoritative coverage into the age of deepened partisan conflict, expanded presidential power, and global health threats. Marjorie Randon Hershey builds on the book’s three-pronged coverage of party organization, party in the electorate, and party in government and integrates important developments in racial politics, social media use, and battles over access to the vote. The book uses contemporary examples to bring to life the fascinating story of how parties shape our political system.

New to the eighteenth edition:

• Fully updated through the 2020 election, including changes in virtually all of the boxed materials, the chapters, and the data presented.

• Examines the impact of the Trump presidency on the Republican Party’s supporting coalition and issue positions, changes in party and ideological polarization, and the return to the world of campaign finance of "interested money" from big (and often anonymous) donors.

• Explores political attitudes and voter turnout among college-age and other young voters in light of dramatic changes in American politics and the economy.

• Expanded online Instructor’s Resources, including author-written test banks, essay questions, relevant websites with correlated sample assignments, the book’s appendix, and links to a collection of course syllabi.

part Part One|54 pages

Parties and Party Systems

chapter Chapter 1|27 pages

What Are Political Parties?

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages

The American Two-Party System

part Part Two|65 pages

The Political Party as an Organization

chapter Chapter 3|21 pages

State and Local Party Organizations

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

The Parties’ National Organizations

chapter Chapter 5|19 pages

Party Activists

part Part Three|74 pages

The Political Party in the Electorate

chapter Chapter 6|21 pages

Party Identification

chapter Chapter 7|26 pages

Party Coalitions and Party Change

chapter Chapter 8|25 pages

Parties and Voter Turnout

part Part Four|96 pages

Parties, Nominations, and Elections

chapter Chapter 9|18 pages

How Parties Choose Candidates

chapter Chapter 10|22 pages

Choosing the Presidential Nominees

chapter Chapter 11|26 pages

The General Election

chapter Chapter 12|28 pages

Financing the Campaigns

part Part Five|85 pages

The Party in Government

chapter Chapter 13|27 pages

Parties in Congress and State Legislatures

chapter Chapter 14|16 pages

The Party in the Executive and the Courts

chapter Chapter 15|22 pages

The Semi-Responsible Parties

chapter Chapter 16|18 pages

The Place of Parties in American Politics