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From the 1870s to the 1930s, party competition was based substantially on trade policy: parties controlled trade policy formation, they differed significantly in their policy prescriptions, and voters and elites cared about the differences and believed parties controlled policy outcomes in this key area. In contrast, the content and policymaking structure of macroeconomic policy, a dominant concern of the postwar state, marginalized parties as important actors. By examining the formation of the postwar state, the behavior of parties in Congress, and how parties respond to recession, Coleman shows how state structure and policy weakened American parties after the 1940s. As long as important features of this postwar state remain in place, any resurgence of party strength will remain partial and piecemeal.