Legislative politics

No Moderates Left in California Politics: Author Seth Masket on KCRA

by kris bishop April 16, 2010

Click below to watch the April 12, 2010 KCRA interview with Seth Masket, author of No Middle Ground (2009): No Middle Ground How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures by Seth E. Masket Cloth: 978-0-472-11689-8 Ebook Formats: 978-0-472-02212-0 Request Exam Copy

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One side or the other! “No Middle Ground” asks if political parties are creatures of politicians…and vice versa?

by kris bishop December 8, 2009

Book Review: NO MIDDLE GROUND: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures, by Seth Masket I Cloth: 978-0-472-11689-8 Originally published in Public Opinion Quarterly, 11/9/09 by Matthew S. Levendusky, University of Pennsylvania No Middle Ground offers a novel and intriguing theory to explain the polarization in contemporary legislatures: informal party organizations (interest groups, activists, and various political insiders) drive elite polarization via their control over primary elections. Because candidates need the support of activists and party insiders to win primary elections, they adopt extreme positions to appease these individuals. The sources of elite polarization are outside the chamber, […]

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Legislative Politics and Policy Making, New Series from UMP

by University of Michigan Press September 12, 2008

Series Editors: Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Ohio State University and David Canon, University of Wisconsin We would like to announce our new series “Legislative Politics and Policy Making,” which we believe will provide in the years to come, some much-needed reading material for everyone from The Hill to The Classroom. The series will cover both Congress and state legislatures and welcome both quantitative and qualitative work. We envision a series that the best legislative scholars look to as a place to get their work published in and a series that scholars naturally peruse when striving to keep abreast in the field […]

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