Publisher description for The breakdown of Democratic Party organization, 1940-1980 / Alan Ware.


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The local democratic party organizations in America dramatically deteriorated between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s. This is the first major study of organizational decay at the local level, the level from which American parties traditionally drew their strength. The book concentrates on
three areas: New York City, the East Bay in California, and Denver. Ware rejects two commonly-held views about the local party decline--that the parties in the 1950s were so weak that the candidates had to turn to campaign consultants, and that reforms in the presidential selection process were a
major factor in party organization collapse--and demonstrates that the collapse was caused by the complex interaction of three main factors: the availability of new campaign technologies; long-term social, economic and political change in the nation; and the political crises of the 1960s.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Democratic Party (U.S.)
United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989.