Why political parties desperately need to make a comeback

Source: Semafor
by David Weigel

“Who loves political parties? Daniel Schlozman and Sam Rosenfeld do. In ‘The Hollow Parties,’ the two academics defend the tradition of official party-building in America, tracing the rise and fall of different factions and crediting partisan organizing with social cohesion. When parties are weak — as many people want them to be now — Americans aren’t very happy with the disorganized politics that floods into the gap. The authors talked with Americana about their research this week, and this is an edited transcript of the conversation.” (05/10/24)