Political Parties and Constitutional Government
Remaking American Democracy
By (author) Sidney M. Milkis
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Political Parties and Constitutional Government by Sidney M. Milkis
Book DescriptionThe U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties, yet parties began to form shortly after its ratification. Today, American democracy would not work without them. In Political Parties and Constitutional Government, Sidney Milkis explores the uneasy relationship between the Constitution and the party system to advance a novel argument: political parties arose as part of a deliberate program of constitutional reform. Forged on the anvil of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, parties initially formed as decentralized political associations that engaged the attention of ordinary citizens and held presidents accountable to local constituencies. But as the power of the presidency and the federal government grew, parties shifted their attention from building political support in the states and localities to vying for control over national administration and, in the process, lost their vital connection to the electorate. In the past thirty years, partisan disputes have more often than not involved confrontations between the president and Congress that have undermined the public's respect for American political institutions. With the decline of localized parties, Milkis concludes, there has arisen an administrative politics of rights and entitlements that belittles the efforts of Democrats and Republicans alike to define a collective purpose. Ending with a discussion of possible methods of revitalization and reform, this timely book does much to explain the reasons behind Americans' disenchantment with parties and the party system.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801861956
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 7-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sidney M. Milkis
American Presidency, Paperback (May 2015)
This book examines the constitutional origins of the executive office and the social, economic, political, and international factors that have shaped it over time and thoroughly explores the Obama Presidency to date.
Politics of Major Policy Reform in Postwar America, Hardback (November 2014)
This book examines nine critical issues in the politics of major programmatic reforms in post-World War II America.
American Government, Paperback (July 2014)
This book prompts students to consider and understand how the past shapes the present and future of American politics and government.
Politics of Regulatory Change, Paperback (April 1996)» View all books by Sidney M. Milkis
This work examines the broad changes in American regulatory politics since the New Deal. It offers a preliminary assessment of the failure of a counter-movement in the 1980s, focusing on the FTC and the EPA, and includes coverage of the Bush administration.
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Author Biography - Sidney M. Milkis
Sidney M. Milkis is a professor of government and senior scholar at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. His books include The American Presidency: Origins and Development (with Michael Nelson) and The President and the Parties: The Transformation of the American Party System since the New Deal.
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