Challengers to Duopoly Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics Synopsis
Building on the foundational importance of its predecessor (Politics at the Periphery, 1993), Challengers to Duopoly offers an up-to-date overview of the important history of America's third parties and the challenge they represent to the hegemony of the major parties. J. David Gillespie introduces readers to minor partisan actors of three types: short-lived national parties, continuing doctrinal and issue parties, and the state and local significant others. Woven into these accounts are profiles of some of the individuals who have taken the initiative to found and lead these parties. Ross Perot, Ralph Nader, Jesse Ventura, and other recent and contemporary electoral insurgents are featured, along with the most significant current national and state parties challenging the primacy of the two major parties.
Challengers to Duopoly Why Third Parties Matter in American Two-Party Politics Press Reviews
Gillespie's book should satisfy the curiosity of both the average citizen and the interested student of politics. This is a fine introduction to the subject and a valuable aid to general readers.--Library Journal Gillespie offers a readable . . . potpourri of history, political science, and reportage. Publishers Weekly Gillespie has produced a lively discussion of American third parties past and present. His book is a handy reference of descriptions of the many smaller parties that have enlivened the political scene. Choice Besides recovering the story of fringe politics in the past, Gillespie probes the psychology the paranoias, idealism, and hatreds of third-party candidates and voters. Booklist Gillespie s book should satisfy the curiosity of both the average citizen and the interested student of politics. This is a fine introduction to the subject and a valuable aid to general readers. Library Journal Sympathetic to the impulses that spark American third parties which are driven so often by a vision of what should be if not always sympathetic with sentiments that are mean-spirited, nasty, even downright dangerous, Gillespie has written a readable introduction to the subject. Washington Times This book would be an excellent supplementary text for a course on parties or policy agenda development in the Unites States, as it would provide students a comprehensive look at the party system that exists beyond the Republican-Democratic duopoly. Natalie Jackson, American Review of Politics, Fall 2012.