American Government and Politics

Between Movements and Parties: Placing Insurgents in American Party Politics



Party insurgents loom large on the American political landscape. But political scientists have yet to development a theory capable of systematically understanding their role in processes of party transformation and political change. This paper addresses this gap by answering three research questions: What defines insurgency? What mechanisms connect insurgents to party change? And what effects do insurgents have on the health of American democracy?


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