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Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns

Second Edition

Matthew J. Burbank, Ronald J. Hrebenar, and Robert C. Benedict

Publication Date - November 2011

ISBN: 9780199945856

286 pages

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $109.99

The only text offering integrated coverage of political parties, campaigns, and interest groups in a single book


Just in time for the 2012 elections, Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns, Second Edition, shows how political parties and interest groups have become highly interdependent in the era of candidate-centered elections, issue advocacy organizations, and media-driven campaigns.

Featuring up-to-date data that includes 2008 and 2010 mid-term results and analysis, the second edition looks ahead to 2012 by illustrating such important developments as the emergence of the Tea Party; increasingly polarized politics; divided government; social media; lobbying and interest group developments (including the passage of health care and financial sector reform legislation); and the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on campaign finance reform. Offering a powerful combination of scholarship, data, and examples, Parties, Interest Groups, and Political Campaigns, Second Edition, provides students with one-stop shopping for understanding the new style of American politics.

New to the Second Edition:

* An examination of the Tea Party and its connections to the Republican infrastructure

* New election data from 2008 and 2010, with a preview of 2012

* Coverage of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision and campaign finance reform

* An inside look at lobbying in the Obama Administration

* Updated tables and figures throughout

* New political ads and examples that add visual interest and encourage student engagement

About the Author(s)

Matthew J. Burbank is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. He teaches classes on American politics, elections, and research methods.

Ronald J. Hrebenar is Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah. He is the author, editor, or coeditor of twelve books and more than sixty articles and chapters on interest groups, lobbying, political parties, and elections in the United States and Japan.

Robert C. Benedict is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, where he regularly teaches courses on American politics, public policy, and the legislative process.

Previous Publication Date(s)

March 1999

Table of Contents

    List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes

    1. An Introduction to Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns
    The Changing Nature of American Political Campaigns
    The Study of Parties, Interest Groups, and Campaigns

    2. The Development of Political Parties in America
    The First Parties
    The Mass Party Era
    The Reform of Political Parties
    Party Organizations in the Modern Era
    Conclusion: The Changing Nature of American Political Parties

    3. The Organization of Contemporary American Parties
    Party Activists
    State and Local Parties
    National Parties
    Conclusion: Contemporary Parties and the Service Party Role

    4. The American Electoral System
    Electoral Systems
    The Electoral College
    Conclusion: The Impact of Electoral Rules

    5. The American Electorate
    Political Participation in the United States
    Turnout: Who Votes?
    Vote Choice: How Do Voters Decide?
    Conclusion: The Nature of American Political Participation

    6. Campaign Finance
    Campaign Finance and Public Decision Making
    Skyrocketing Campaign Costs or Underfunded Campaigns?
    Reform Goals and Campaign Finance Laws
    Campaign Finance Laws and the Courts: A Tumultuous Relationship
    Political Parties and Campaign Finance Law: Assessing the Impact
    The Rise and Impact of 501(c) and 527 Groups
    Public Funding and Presidential Campaigns
    Campaign Finance and the States
    Conclusion: The State of Campaign Finance

    7. Campaigns and Political Parties
    The Purposes and Impacts of Campaigns
    The Changing Roles of Parties in Campaigns
    The Candidate: Recruitment and Motivation
    Campaign Organization and Management
    The Campaign Manager
    Designing the Campaign Message
    Transmitting the Campaign Message: The Rise of Social Media and the American Party System
    The Impact of Negative Campaigning
    Political Parties as Campaign Specialists
    Conclusion: A New Balance for Parties and Campaigns

    8. Interest Group Politics
    What Causes Interest Groups to Form?
    Political Science and Group Theory
    Leadership and Interest Group Power
    Internal Organizational Strength and Lobbying Power
    The Nature of Interest Group Membership in the United States
    Lobbying Resources Derived from Membership Characteristics

    9. Interest Groups and Campaigns
    The "Total War" Campaign of Health Care Reform
    Interest Groups Seek to Mold Public Opinion in Media Campaigns
    Grassroots Interest Group Issue Campaigns
    Interest Group Campaigns Against Parties and Candidates
    Interest Group Efforts in Party Campaigns
    Interest Group Campaigns in Initiatives and Referenda
    Conclusion: The Role of Campaigns in Linking Political Parties and Interest Groups

    10. Interest Group Lobbying
    The Lobbying Profession
    The Lobbyist's Role in Political Issue Campaigns
    Lobbyists and Lobbying Campaign Tactics
    Lobby Campaigns as Information Presentations
    Restrictions on Lobbying in the Federal Government
    Judicial Lobbying Campaigns
    Conclusion: The Persistence of Lobbying and the Nature of American Politics

    The New Nature of American Political Parties
    The New Nature of American Interest Group Politics