Moderates, the debt ceiling, and the future of the Republican Party: Sara Fitzgerald, author of ‘Elly Peterson,’ weighs in

by University of Michigan Press July 21, 2011

A couple of months ago, The Washington Post mused, in a front-page story on the presidential campaign of Jon Huntsman Jr., “Can a Republican moderate survive?” I smiled when I saw the headline because you might think I was crazy to set out to write a book that would be titled Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates.  It’s not as if the moderates are holding a national convention, with chapters in every state and city these days! The current Republican establishment is not very interested in “moderates,” and Democrats are not very interested in things that are labeled “Republican.” And […]

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Was Citizens United a Game-Changer for American Interest Groups?

by Shaun Manning April 11, 2011

Guest blog by Robert G. Boatright, author of Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada (Cloth 978-0-472-07144-9 / Paper 978-0-472-05144-1), available now. Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Reform in the United States and Canada went to press at the end of 2010, at the same time that the Republican Party was rolling toward gaining 63 seats in the House of Representatives and six seats in the Senate.  The Republican wave was predictable long before the election, but the size of the Republican gain exceeded most predictions. As I document in the book, American campaign finance law was upended […]

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UM Press authors predict moderate losses for Democrats in this week’s elections

by Trade Marketing November 1, 2010

With the major news sources predicting a landslide victory for Republicans in Congress in four days, only the most cautious observers have predicted anything less. Yet, the model created by David Jones and Monika McDermott in their book Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness falls on the side of smaller losses for the Democratic Party. Real Clear Politics is predicting 47 Congressional races may change from Democrat to Republican, with 40 seats being a toss up. The statistician Nate Silver, who blogs through The New York Times, predicts a 52 seat loss for the Democrats. Many commentators have predicted losses even […]

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Q&A with Irene Taviss Thomson, author of Culture Wars and Enduring American Dilemmas

by University of Michigan Press April 1, 2010

The idea of a culture war, or wars, has existed in America since the 1960s—an underlying ideological schism in our country that is responsible for the polarizing debates on everything from the separation of church and state, to abortion, to gay marriage, to affirmative action. Irene Taviss Thomson explores this notion by analyzing hundreds of articles addressing hot-button issues over two decades from four magazines: National Review, Time, The New Republic, and The Nation, as well as a wide array of other writings and statements from a substantial number of public intellectuals. Irene Taviss Thomson is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, […]

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Samuel Eldersveld, former Ann Arbor mayor, U-M professor, and Press author, dies at 92

by kris bishop March 11, 2010

Ann Arbor lost a former mayor and longtime University of Michigan professor when Samuel Eldersveld died Friday of congestive heart failure. He was 92. Samuel J. Eldersveld was a former mayor of Ann Arbor, a longtime professor of political science at the University of Michigan, and the author of Political Elites in Michigan Societies as well as the focus of the edited volume Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites, edited by Birol A. Yesilada. For almost 60 years, Eldersveld was a mainstay at the University of Michigan Department of Political Science. He also played a key role in the resurgence […]

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