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Political Parties & Politics

Selected Books

For Older Readers and Adults

Abramowitz, Alan I.
The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization, and American Democracy
JK2261.A28 2010
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.
Does the U. S. Two-Party System Still Work?
JK2265.D64 2010
Part of the Greenhaven Press At Issue Series, this book presents opposing viewpoints about our two party system and third parties.
Douthat, Ross Gregory and Reihan Salam
Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win The Working Class And Save The American Dream
JK2271.D68 2008
"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."
McGovern, George S.
What It Means to Be a Democrat
JK2316.M34 2011x
Former presidential nominee and Congressman George McGovern feels the Democratic Party should unite on social programs, education, health care, unemployment reduction, immigration.
New Directions in American Political Parties
JK2261.N483 2010x
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.
Salit, Jacqueline
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, 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.
Schoen, Douglas E.
Hopelessly Divided: The New Crisis in American Politics and What It Means for 2012 and Beyond
JK2261.S357 2012
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.
Trende, Sean
The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government Is up for Grabs - And Who Will Take It
JK2261.T74 2012
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.
Winograd, Morley and Michael D. Hais
Millennial Makeover: MySpace, YouTube, And The Future Of American Politics
JK1764.W635 2008
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.
Yglesias, Matthew
Heads In The Sand: How The Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy And Foreign Policy Screws Up The Democrats
JZ1480.Y45 2008
Yglesias is a liberal blogger and proponent of "liberal internationalism".

For Younger Readers

Cox, Vicki
The History of Third Parties
The History of Third Parties chronicles third parties and their increasing visibility in the American political system.
j JK2261.C834 2007
Wagner, Heather Lehr
The History of the Democratic Party
A brief history of the oldest political party in the United States.
j JK2316.W34 2007
Wagner, Heather Lehr
The History of the Republican Party
Examines the development of the Republican party, including its prominent figures, key events, and ideological trends.
j JK2356.W25 2007

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Web Sites


Pittsburgh Region

  • 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.


Last updated Wednesday August 29 2012.