Two Parties--or More?: The American Party System
Students of American government are faced with an enduring dilemma: Why two parties? Why has this system remained largely intact while around the world democracies support multiparty systems? Should our two-party system continue as we enter the new millennium? This newly revised and updated edition of Two Parties-Or More? answers these questions by placing the dilemma in t...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 168 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by Westview Press
(first published April 9th 1998)
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Bibby and Maisel have provided an account of third parties in America and why it is so difficult for them to prevail in elections. An historical section shows the growth of minor parties over time and their tendency to fade from the scene quickly. One strength of the book is its chapter on institutional factors that influence the short survival of third parties.