Political Parties in a Critical Era

@article{Aldrich1999PoliticalPI,
  title={Political Parties in a Critical Era},
  author={John H. Aldrich},
  journal={American Politics Research},
  year={1999},
  volume={27},
  pages={32 - 9}
}
  • John H. Aldrich
  • Published 1 January 1999
  • Political Science
  • American Politics Research
American political history is ordinarily divided into categories called party systems. Each system contains within it a broad similarity, an apparent “equilibrium” or “politics as usual” that distinguish it from all others. The generational regularity of the transition from one party system to the next is remarkable. Or, at least it was until the critical era expected in the 1960s apparently failed to materialize. Richard Niemi and I earlier argued that, in fact, there was a critical era in the… 

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