Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats: The Asymmetry of American Party Politics

  title={Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats: The Asymmetry of American Party Politics},
  author={Matt Grossmann and David Allen Hopkins},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={119 - 139}
Scholarship commonly implies that the major political parties in the United States are configured as mirror images to each other, but the two sides actually exhibit important and underappreciated differences. The Republican Party is primarily the agent of an ideological movement whose supporters prize doctrinal purity, while the Democratic Party is better understood as a coalition of social groups seeking concrete government action. This asymmetry is reinforced by American public opinion, which… 

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