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Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010

Daniel DiSalvo


To properly understand American political parties one must look beneath their labels. Beneath those labels are factions that have goals, incentives, and resources that conflict with the larger party in which they reside. This book provides the first full account of the role of national intra-party “factions” in American politics. A faction, as defined here, is a party sub-unit that has enough ideological consistency, organizational capacity, and temporal durability to sustain intra-party conflict. Factions are loosely organized networks made up of members of Congress, party activists, pressure ... More

Keywords: factions, political parties, American Political Development, institutions, Congress, presidency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199891702
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199891702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel DiSalvo, author
City College of New York