The Invention of Party Politics
The Invention of Party Politics: Federalism, Popular Sovereignty, and Constitutional Development in Jacksonian Illinois by Gerald Leonard
English | Dec. 2002 | ISBN: 0807827444 | 341 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
This ambitious work uncovers the constitutional foundations of that most essential institution of modern democracy, the political party.
Taking on Richard Hofstadters 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.