This volume a collection of primary documents that show the changing understandings of partisan politics during the 19th century, the first era in which parties played a central role in governing. The texts taken from British, American, German and French publication, speak to contemporary students and scholars of history and political science by showing the deep roots of still current debates about representative democracy and mass politics. The reader assembles hard-to-access sources that form the basis of modern debates about parties.
SUSAN SCARROW is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston, Texas. She is author of Parties and their Members and editor of two volumes, Party Democracy and Direct Democracy and The Politics of Anti-Party Sentiment.