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Spoiling for a Fight

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Micah L. Sifry, formerly an editor at The Nation, is Senior Analyst at Public Campaign, a nonpartisan election finance reform grou... 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 independentparties.
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.

Bringing together interviews with the major third-party candidates and their supporters with lively narratives and insightful analysis, Sifry provides a compelling overview of the most vital developments in American politics today.


Acknowledgements Part I Challenging the Duopoly Introduction 1. The People Want More Democracy 2. The Moment is Ripe Part II Organizing the Middle 3. Mad as Hell, Used and Abused 4. The Rise (and Fall) of the Refrom Party 5. Getting Past Perot Part III Organizing the Left 6. Compost Rotten Politics 7. Nader's Gamble 8. The Duopoly Strikes Back Part IV: Organizing the Bottom 9. A Safe Way Out of the Box? 10. The Little Third-Party That Could Part V The Future 11. Looking Ahead

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Titre: Spoiling for a Fight
Sous-titre: Third-Party Politics in America
Code EAN: 9780415931427
ISBN: 978-0-415-93142-7
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Taylor and Francis
Genre: Sciences politiques
nombre de pages: 384
Poids: 703g
Taille: H229mm x B152mm
Année: 2002


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