From Democrats to Republicans, from the Green Party to the Tea Party, American parties and their politics are continuously adapting, renewing, and evolving to meet the challenges of the times. Party On! captures these nuances with a cohesive theme, hard data, and a spotlight on new media and the netroots. John White and Matt Kerbel guide readers on a journey from the origins of American political parties through a multitude of reorganisations, technological developments, and financial woes. With finesse and insight, the book brings a sweeping view of political parties up to the eve of the 2012 elections.
John Kenneth White is Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of America and the author of The New Century: Social Change and Political Response. Matthew R. Kerbel is Professor of Political Science at Villanova University and author or editor of six books on politics, the mass media, and the presidency, including If It Bleeds, It Leads: An Anatomy of Television News and Get This Party Started: How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win.