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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.


Interest Groups And The Party Networks: Views From Inside The Beltway, Richard Skinner Dec 2003

Interest Groups And The Party Networks: Views From Inside The Beltway, Richard Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

A series of interviews with interest-group representatives in Washington, DC supports the proposition that many such politically active organizations are members of Democratic or Republican “party networks” – webs of relationships between individuals, groups and party committees. These networks assist candidates, share information and plot strategy. Personnel move between entities within the same network, but not between those in opposing ones. In an atmosphere of polarized parties and narrow margins of control, many interest groups appear to be strengthening their ties to their favored party.


"The Rebirth Of Party: The 1994 Congressional Elections In Historical Perspective", Richard M. Skinner Dec 1996

"The Rebirth Of Party: The 1994 Congressional Elections In Historical Perspective", Richard M. Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

The Republican surge of 1994 poses serious problems for most theories of congressional elections, which either discount the likelihood of such a swing, or attribute one to a readily apparent short-term cause. This essay includes a district-level analysis that finds a strong link between the 1988-92 presidential vote and the 1994 House vote. A discussion of theories of realignment leads to a conclusion that while the U.S. political system is changing, a new Republican era may not yet be upon us.


The Odyssey Of The Democratic Right In Post-Franco Spain, Richard M. Skinner Dec 1994

The Odyssey Of The Democratic Right In Post-Franco Spain, Richard M. Skinner

Richard M. Skinner

Unlike their counterparts in most other Western countries, Spanish conservatives have found little success in recent years. Since Spain returned to democracy in 1977, rightist political parties have not won a majority in the Cortes in any election. Instead, the reins of power have been held by, first, the moderate Union de Centro Democratico (UCD), and later by the left-of-center Partido Socialista Obrero Espanol (PSOE). The Right has been hurt by its perceived links to the Franco regime, by its controversial longtime leader, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, and by the PSOE's increasing centrism.