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The President and the Parties : The Transformation of the American Party System since the New Deal - Sidney M. Milkis

The President and the Parties

The Transformation of the American Party System since the New Deal

Paperback Published: 4th November 1993
ISBN: 9780195084252
Number Of Pages: 424

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Presenting a new synthesis of twentieth-century American political development, The President and the Parties is the first text to examine closely the association between the chief executive and the two-party system. Placing parties in a broad historical context and shedding light on their connection to other parts of the American political system, Sidney Milkis argues that, beginning with the New Deal, reforms intended to liberate the chief executive from the shackles of partisan politics only weakened an already fragile relationship, isolating presidents from what was once popular and institutional support from their parties. Written for political science students at all levels, this comprehensive analysis covers a broad range of issues and events, including FDR's 1938 "Purge" of the Democratic Party, The Executive Reorganization Act of 1939, the legacy of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, and the triumph of executive centralization during the Reagan "Revolution." By providing a unique perspective on the elements of American government, Milkis offers new insights into the decline of the party system and the process that fashioned a stronger, more active national state, but one lacking in vital representative institutions capable of common deliberation and choice. Placing the issue in contemporary perspective, he warns of the challenges ahead for a nation struggling to repair its frayed connection between government and people.

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"Well written and thoroughly thought out, a good teaching text."--Donald Crumbley, Sr., Columbia College "Excellent book... Milkis has accomplished a superb marriage of political history and social science explanation, and his book offers a fundamental explanation of the institutional politics of the modern presidency."--American Politics "Well written and interesting, rich historical detail."--Henry Sirgo, McNeese State University "The author's presentation of presidential politics in the U.S. is both balanced and insightful."--Robert Cropf, St. Louis University "A useful, historical treatment of where the parties have been and where--if anywhere--they're going in the fractioned American political 'system'!"--Roger Hamburg, Indiana University at South Bend "Professor Milkis obviously has done an enormous amount of research. This text would be good to use for upper level or graduate students."--David Robinson, University of Houston "For anyone interested in how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal shaped the American party system, this will be required reading. Milkis argues, convincingly, that Roosevelt made an eyes-open choice to build an administrative presidency rather than rule through party government."--David Mayhew, Yale University "Milkis raises deeply disturbing questions about the implications of 'liberating the presidency' for promoting the degradation of American democracy....A book which deserves to be read. More than that, it should be given careful attention."--Walter Dean Burnham, University of Texas at Austin "Shows how the growth of presidential power in the twentieth century created a politics of administration that has supplanted a vigorous party politics. This book will prove fascinating and indispensable reading for all who are concerned about the vitality of democratic institutions in the United States."--Margaret Weir, The Brookings Institution "A masterful discussion of the origin and design of the administrative state and its consequences for the republic. No one sees the causes of our discontents more clearly than Milkis, and no one has a better idea of what it will take to revive democracy."--Wilson Carey McWilliams, Rutgers University "A brilliant new interpretation of the central political events of our century....A keen assessment and a profound critique of the New Deal, indispensable for anyone who wishes to understand American politics in a long view or up close."--Harvey C. Mansfield, Harvard University "A magnificent work, one that manages to make sense of virtually all of 20th-century American politics....The closest thing to a page-turner one is likely to find in political science!"--Michael Nelson, Rhodes College "In the most encompassing critique of the modern presidency yet, Milkis takes aim at a philosophy of governing, a partisan project, and a fully elaborated political regime."--Stephen Skowronek, Yale University "Skillfully uniting history with political science, Milkis is able to show just how much American liberalism has to answer for."--Martha Derthick, University of Virginia "Excellent and important. It succeeds in connecting two areas of national politics, presidential policymaking and the party apparatus, that are usually, to their detriment, kept separate."--Aaron Wildavsky, University of California, Berkeley "This book is even broader in scope, and greater in importance, than its' sweeping title indicates. Sidney M. Milkis, a historically oriented political scientist, has produced a work that goes beyond elections, party systems, and presidential administrations to deliver an interpretation of the structure of politics and the changing nature of state since the 1930's. This is a very important book."--ALonzo L. Hamby, Ohio University "The President and the Parties is an engaging, historically rich read for serious-minded students. Its arresting argument about the "tension between the administrative state and democratic citizenship" breaks with most other treatments of the presidency, the New Deal, or realignments."--Dennis M. Anderson, Bowling Green State University

1: Introduction I. The Presidency and Party Politics in the New Deal Era 2: The Roots of New Deal Reform 3: Whose Party is It? The Transformation of the Democratic Party 4: The Limits of Party Government: The "Conservative Coalition" and the "Purge" Campaign of 1938 5: Administrative Reform and the Displacement of Party Politics: Reflections on the "Third New Deal" 6: The Significance of Partial Success: The Executive Reorganization Act of 1939 and the Creation of the Modern Presidency II. The New Deal Legacy for the Presidency and the Party System 7: Programmatic Liberalism After Roosevelt: Executive Administration and the Transcendence of Partisan Politics 8: The Twilight of the Modern Presidency: The Troubled Times and Institutional Legacy of Lyndon Johnson 9: The Republican Challenge and the Reshaping of Programmatic Liberalism 10: The New Deal Legacy and Reagan "Revolution" 11: Divided Government and the Administrative Constitution 12: Conclusion: Whither the Administrative Republic?

ISBN: 9780195084252
ISBN-10: 019508425X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 4th November 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.6  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.6

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