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The Partisan Presidency, Richard M. Skinner Nov 2006

The Partisan Presidency, Richard M. Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

Political scientists have tended to see the powerful presidency of the 20th and the 21st centuries as being the enemy of strong political parties. But over the past quarter century, presidents – most notably Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush – have been following a more partisan path. They have been relying on their parties more for support, both in Congress and in the electorate, seeking greater partisan control over the executive branch, and even using the media more to mobilize the base than to reach swing voters. We need to move beyond outdated notions of presidents above party politics and instead ...


Syllabus For Interest Groups, Richard M. Skinner Dec 2005

Syllabus For Interest Groups, Richard M. Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

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The Washington Party Networks And The Future Of American Politics, Richard M. Skinner Dec 2005

The Washington Party Networks And The Future Of American Politics, Richard M. Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

Political parties today can best be understood as matrices of relationships between political actors, rather than merely as formal institutions. This notion allows us to better understand today’s intensely partisan environment. The Washington party networks consist of professionals involved in party politics; some of these individuals hold public office or work for party committees; many others pursue careers as lobbyists, consultants or interest group representatives. As they move from job to job, they remained ensconced in webs of partisan relationships.