Political Parties & Politics
For Older Readers and Adults
The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy
Abramowitz sees polarization as an indication of political engagement and democratic citizenship and not as detrimental to democracy. Abramowitz concludes that by presenting voters with clear choices, polarization can serve to increase the public's interest and participation in politics and strengthen electoral accountability.
Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win The Working Class And Save The American Dream
"Grand New Party offers a new direction - a conservative vision of a limited but active government that tackles the threats to working-class prosperity and to the broader American Dream."
What It Means to Be a Democrat
Former presidential nominee and Congressman George McGovern feels the Democratic Party should unite on social programs, education, health care, unemployment reduction, immigration.
Our portraits of voters have changed significantly within the last 10 to 15 years. In a short period of time we have gone from concern that parties are not responsive or sufficiently different to whether polarization has become too great. This volume, with contributions from some of the most noted scholars of political parties, brings together assessments of these changes to provide a comprehensive overview of current trends in the field.
Independents Rising: Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America
Despite two-party dominance in Washington, a full 38 percent of Americans identify themselves as independents who hold no allegiance to either the Democrats or the Republicans. Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org, chronicles the history of the independent movement on both ends of the spectrum, and explores what these unclaimed voters mean for the future of American politics.
Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What It Means for 2012 and Beyond
Douglas E. Schoen, author of Declaring Independence: The Beginning Of The End Of The Two-Party System, analyzes the growing chasm between the political class (politicians, lobbyists, fundraisers, consultants) and the American Mainstream. This gap has given rise to populist movements on the right and the left and driven our two-party system to the brink of possible collapse.
The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is up for Grabs - And Who Will Take It
How did the Democrats, who seemed unstoppable only two short years ago, lose their momentum so quickly, and what does it mean for the future of America's two-party system? Here, Trende, senior analyst for RealClearPolitics, explores the underlying weaknesses of the Democratic promise of recent years.
Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, And The Future Of American Politics
Winograd and Hais hold that America has a political makeover every 4 decades and that it is ripe for one in the 2008 election with the emergence of the Millenial Generation that grew up with the Internet.
Heads In The Sand: How The Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy And Foreign Policy Screws Up The Democrats
Yglesias is a liberal blogger and proponent of "liberal internationalism".
For Younger Readers
The History of Third Parties
The History of Third Parties chronicles third parties and their increasing visibility in the American political system.
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The History of the Democratic Party
A brief history of the oldest political party in the United States.
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The History of the Republican Party
Examines the development of the Republican party, including its prominent figures, key events, and ideological trends.
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American Reform Party
Founded in 1997 by Ross Perot
Democratic National Committee
The official Democratic Party website
Green Party of the United States
The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing.
Republican National Committee (GOP.com)
The official Republican Party website.
- Communist Party USA
Democratic Socialists of America
the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.
Challenges the cult of the omnipotent state and defends the rights of the individual. Believes in 1) the right to life, 2) the right to liberty of speech and action, and 3) the right to property.
3 primary rights of man: personal security, locomotion, and personal property.
Allegheny County Democratic Committee
Their website includes a list of Democratic candidates and a list of elected officials. Information on volunteering is also available.
Green Party of Allegheny County
Allegheny County affiliate of the Green Party, a political party based on Ten Key Values starting with Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-violence.
Libertarian Party of Pittsburgh
"Libertarians follow the principles set forth by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, wherein he stated that individuals have inalienable rights, and that the purpose of government is to secure these rights. We hold that this is the sole purpose of government, and that there is no role for government in solving social problems. Accordingly, we advocate limited government, and defend the rights of individuals."
Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC)
RCAC is the structural foundation of the Republican Party for Allegheny County. RCAC serves to maintain and develop local (municipal) committees, as well as recruit, train, and support local Republican candidates. Additionally, the County Committee serves as a resource center for elected officials, residents, candidates, and committees at every level.
Green Party of Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Green Party is a confederation of local chapters working for environmentally sound politics.
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania's 3rd largest political party that characterizes itself as the most moderater party, generally conservative on economic issues and generally tolerant on social issues.
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
candidates, events, local parties.
Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania
The official website of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Search for Republican elected officials by county
Last updated Wednesday August 29 2012.