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Political Parties/Party Landscape/Politics/Democracy/Nancy Rosenblum/Morozov: In: On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship, (1), a groundbreaking defense of parties in American politics, Nancy Rosenblum celebrates what they call "the creativity of party politics and the moral peculiarity of party politics" and points out that parties not only reflect but actively shape the political interests and opinions of their members. Parties are easy to criticize: Voters feel they are deterrent; stakeholders and rich donors find it all too easy to exploit them; parties can be too slow to respond to public opinion and prevent their members from tackling important problems themselves. With all these mistakes, however, the parties also play an important - and often invisible - role in making political life more sensible and creative. They regulate rivalry and convey reflections by emphasizing important issues of the day.
Above all, parties contribute to creating conditions under which partisanship can flourish - and whatever centrist experts may believe, it has many useful purposes. It enshrines pluralism as the only game in the city and forces the ruling party to acknowledge that its own "truth" can only be one way to tell the story. The partisanship, according to Rosenblum, "does not see pluralism and political conflicts as a bow to necessity, as a pragmatic recognition of the inevitability of differences of opinion. It requires strict self-discipline to acknowledge that the status of my party is only part of a permanently pluralistic policy, and thus the provisional nature of being the ruling party and the farce of pretending to represent the whole".


1. Nancy L. Rosenblum, On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010), 7.


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Rosenbl I
Nancy L. Rosenblum
On the Side of the Angels: An Appreciation of Parties and Partisanship Princeton 2010

Morozov I
Evgeny Morozov
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism New York 2014


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