Table of contents for Why parties? : the origin and transformation of political parties in America / John H. Aldrich.

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Pt. 1: Political Parties and Democracy
1: Politics and Parties in America
2: Why Parties Form
Pt. 2: Party Formation in America, 1790-1860
3: Founding the First Parties: Institutions and Social Choice
4: Jacksonian Democracy: The Mass Party and Collective Action
5: Whigs and Republicans: Institutions, Issue Agendas, and Ambition
Pt. 3: The New Political Party in Contemporary America
6: Party Activists and Partisan Cleavages in Contemporary Elections
7: Political Parties and Governance
8: The Critical Era of the 1960s
Pt. 4: Conclusions
9: Political Parties, Historical Dynamics, and Democratic Politics

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Political parties United States History, United States Politics and government