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Getting the donkey out of the ditch : the Democratic Party in search of itself /
Caroline Arden.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
description
x, 178 p. --
ISBN
0313258384 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1988.
isbn
0313258384 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
issn
0147-1066
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3547122
 
Bibliography: p. [165]-172.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-04:
Arden explores efforts undertaken by the Democratic party and its supporters to "get the donkey out of the ditch" in the two years following Ronald Reagan's victory in 1980. Drawing upon the writings of well-known political scientists like E.E. Schattschneider and Nelson Polsby, Arden describes the Democrats' search for a new identity and new leaders. Her conclusion that the party lacked a "brain" that could sort out the alternatives available to it is overstated. Given the federal character of the US political system, finding such a "brain" is futile. However, this is an impressive study of a party searching for its bearings and finding some alternatives. A former assistant professor of library and information science, Arden has compiled an impressive bibliography of books, monographs, reports, and journal articles that is of enormous help to researchers of political parties in the 1980s. Recommended for all college and university students. -J. K. White, Catholic University of America
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'œArden explores efforts undertaken by the Democratic party and its supporters to 'get the donkey out of the ditch' in the two years following Ronald Reagan's victory in 1980. Drawing upon the writings of well-known political scientists like E.E. Schattschneider and Nelson Polsby, Arden describes the Democrats' search for a new identity and new leaders. Her conclusion that the party lacked a 'brain' that could sort out the alternatives available to it is overstated. Given the federal character of the US political system, finding such a 'brain' is futile. However, this is an impressive study of a party searching for its bearings and finding some alternatives. A former assistant professor of library and information science, Arden has compiled an impressive bibliography of books monographs, reports, and journal articles that is of enormous help to researchers of political parties in the 1980s. Recommended for all college and university students.'' Choice
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A pioneering case study of a major political party under extreme strain, Getting the Donkey Out of the Ditch traces in detail what the Democratic Party actually did in the two years immediately following its resounding defeat in the 1980 elections. Caroline Arden argues that in November 1980 the Democratic Party was under the most severe stress it had experienced in this century, brought on not only by the loss of an election but also by the perceived threat of a major party realignment and to the Democrat's long-term status as a majority party. She shows that even though it still had sufficient power, the Democratic Party did not perform a fundamental or effective restoration to a unifying center after the disastrous election, which led in part to the disarray that has characterized the Party during the 1988 primaries.
Table of Contents
Preface
The History of Reform, 1960s to 1980s
The Search for Stability and Leadership
The Search for a New Mission
The Search for Community
The Congressional Search for a Common Identity Citizen Programs and the Search for Policy Alternatives
Conclusion
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