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Topic: Whether or not the American political party system has actually benefited America


I realize this is a highly subjective topic and the answer will be determined by the aggregate of literature with an actual answer or strong opinion one way or the other. No answer is also an answer that more information/studies are needed.

This is a critical literature review of available literature and research on the proposed topic. Below are some resources but the number of worked cited should be no less than 20, 10 books and 10 articles:

1. Almond, Gabriel A. “Comparative Political Systems.” The Journal of Politics 18, no. 3 (1956): 391–409. https://doi.org/10.2307/2127255.

2. Cole, David. “Why Political Parties Are Good For America.” The Odyssey Online. The Odyssey Online, August 27, 2017. https://www.theodysseyonline.com/why-political-parties-are-good-for-america.

3. Epstein, Leon D. Political Parties in Western Democracies. New Brunswick: Transaction Publ., 2000.

4. Gunther, Richard, Montero José R., and Juan J. Linz. Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

5. Hoadley, John F. Origins of American Political Parties, 1789-1803. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2014.

6. Holmberg, Sören. “Are Political Parties Necessary?” Electoral Studies 22, no. 2 (2003): 287–99. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0261-3794(02)00016-1.

7. Jupp, J. “Political Parties Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 54,” 2013. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203707722.

8. Katz, R. S. “The United States: Divided Government and Divided Parties.” Party and Government, 1996, 202–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-24788-2_11.

9. Katz, Richard S., and Peter Mair. How Parties Organize: Change and Adaptation in Party Organizations in Western Democracies. London, UK: Sage, 1996.

10. Katz, Richard S., and William J. Crotty. Handbook of Party Politics. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications, 2014.

11. Maisel, Louis Sandy., and Jeffrey M. Berry. The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups. Oxford: University Press, 2012.

12. Merriam, Charles Edward, and Harold Foote Gosnell. The American Party System, an Introduction to the Study of Political Parties in the United States. New York: Macmillan, 1949.

13. Palombara, Joseph La. Political Parties and Political Development. (Spd -6). Place of publication not identified: Princeton University Pres, 2016.

14. “Political Parties.” ushistory.org. Independence Hall Association. Accessed October 12, 2019. http://www.ushistory.org/gov/5a.asp.

15. Pomper, Gerald M. “Concepts of Political Parties.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 4, no. 2 (1992): 143–59. https://doi.org/10.1177/0951692892004002002.

16. Postell, Joseph. “The Rise and Fall of Political Parties in America.” The Heritage Foundation. Accessed October 12, 2019. https://www.heritage.org/political-process/report/the-rise-and-fall-political-parties-america.

17. Reichley, James. The Life of the Parties: a History of American Political Parties. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

18. Rose-Ackerman, Susan. “Political Corruption and Democracy.” Yale Law School Legal Scholarship Repository. Accessed October 12, 2019. https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/fss_papers/592/.

19. Wattenberg, Martin P. The Decline of American Political Parties: 1952-1996. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, 1999.

20. “What Are Political Parties Good For? Plenty, Actually.” Center on Representative Government, August 29, 2018. https://corg.iu.edu/programs/hamilton-views/comments-on-congress/What Are Political Parties Good For Plenty, Actually.html.


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