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Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America

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Micah L. Sifry, formerly an editor at The Nation, is Senior Analyst at Public Campaign, a nonpartisan election finance reform gro... Lire la suite
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Micah L. Sifry, formerly an editor at The Nation, is Senior Analyst at Public Campaign, a nonpartisan election finance reform group. He is co-editor of the The Gulf War Reader, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Progressive, Salon, Wired and Tikkun.



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More Americans now identify as political independents than as either Democrats or Republicans. Tired of the two-party gridlock, the pandering, and the lack of vision, they've turned in increasing numbers to independent and third-party candidates. In 1998, for the first time in decades, a third-party candidate who was not a refugee from one of the two major parties, Jesse Ventura, won election to state-wide office, as the governor of Minnesota. In 2000, the public was riveted by the Reform Party's implosion over Patrick Buchanan's presidential candidacy and by Ralph Nader's Green Party run, which infuriated many Democrats but energized hundreds of thousands of disaffected voters in stadium-sized super-rallies.
What are the prospects for new third-party efforts? Combining the close-in, personal reporting and learned analysis one can only get by covering this beat for years, Micah L. Sifry's "Spoiling for a Fight" exposes both the unfair obstacles and the viable opportunities facing today's leading independent parties.
Third-party candidates continue be denied a fighting chance by discriminatory ballot access, unequal campaign financing, winner-take-all races, and derisive media coverage. Yet, after years of grassroots organizing, third parties are making major inroads. At the local level, efforts like Chicago's New Party and New York's Working Families Party have upset urban political machines while gaining positions on county councils and school boards. Third-party activists are true believers in democracy, and if America's closed two-party system is ever to be reformed, it will be thanks to their efforts.

Résumé
What are the prospects for third-party efforts? Combining close-in, personal reporting and learned analysis, Micah L. Sifry's "Spoiling for a Fight" exposes both the unfair obstacles and the viable opportunities facing leading independent parties.

Contenu

Introduction Part I. Challenging the Duopoly Introduction Chapter 1: The People Want More Democracy Chapter 2: The Moment is Ripe Part II. Organizing the Angry Middle Chapter 3: Mad as Hell, Used and Abused Chapter 4: The Rise (and Fall) of the Reform Party Chapter 5: Getting Past Perot Part III. Organizing the Left Chapter 6: Compost Rotten Politics Chapter 7: Nader's Gamble Chapter 8: The Duopoly Strikes Back Part IV. Organizing from the Bottom Up Chapter 9: A Safe Way out of the Box? Chapter 10: The Little Third Party That Could Part V. The Future Chapter 11: The Prospects for America's Third Parties Appendix Endnotes Index

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Titre: Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America
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Code EAN: 9780415931434
ISBN: 978-0-415-93143-4
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Routledge Chapman Hall
Genre: Sciences politiques
nombre de pages: 365
Poids: 490g
Taille: H218mm x B163mm x T26mm
Année: 2003