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Part II Political Science, Ch.11 The Uneasy Place of Parties in the Constitutional Order

Russell Muirhead, Nancy L. Rosenblum

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 January 2021

The central charge against today’s parties is that they are not a good fit with the U.S. constitutional order. They are more ideological, more principled, more cohesive, and more disciplined than parties of the recent past, especially the ideologically indistinct parties of the mid-twentieth century that gave rise to the golden age of bipartisanship. They are much like the “responsible parties” that reformers of the mid-twentieth century hoped for: they have distinct policy programs, and offer voters a real choice. At the moment, the United States has what might...
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