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In recent years a growing number of citizens have defected from the major parties to third party presidential candidates. Over the past three decades, independent campaigns led by George Wallace, John Anderson, and Ross Perot have attracted more electoral support than at any time since the 1920s. Third Parties in America explains why and when the two-party system deteriorates and third parties flourish. Relying on data from presidential elections between 1840 and 1992, it identifies the situations in which Americans abandon the major parties and shows how third parties encourage major party responsiveness and broader representation of political interests.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. p. v
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  1. TABLES AND FIGURES
  2. pp. vi-viii
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  1. PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  2. pp. xii-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. PART I
  1. 2. Constraints on Third Parties
  2. pp. 15-47
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  1. 3. Third Parties of the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 48-80
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  1. 4. Independents of the Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 81-122
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  1. PART II
  1. 5. A Theory of Third Party Voting
  2. pp. 125-150
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  1. 6. Why Citizens Vote for Third Parties
  2. pp. 151-187
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  1. 7. Candidate Mobilization
  2. pp. 188-214
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  1. 8. Major Parties, Minor Parties, and American Elections
  2. pp. 215-230
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  1. 9. H.Ross Perot
  2. pp. 231-274
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  1. Appendix A: Minor Party Presidential Candidates, 1840-1992
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Appendix B: Description and Coding of Variables
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. REFERENCES
  2. pp. 289-302
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 303-313
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780691190525
MARC Record
OCLC
1132225702
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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