The Invention of Party Politics

The Invention of Party Politics

This ambitious work uncovers the constitutional foundations of that most essential institution of modern democracy, the political party. Taking on Richard Hofstadter's classic The Idea of a Party System, it rejects the standard view that Martin Van Buren and other Jacksonian politicians had the idea of a modern party system in mind when they built the original Democratic party.

Grounded in an original retelling of Illinois politics of the 1820s and 1830s, the book… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 15, 2003)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 344 pages

Language: English


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