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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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FROM PARTIES TO FACTIONS

Party bosses chomping on cigars and trading patronage favors as they set out their platforms and policies and candidates—the image looms large in political mythology, but it is further and further removed from reality. Exhibit A is the shifting fortunes of the Republican Party in the United States. Not so long ago, the GOP epitomized buttoned-down business conservatism and the discipline that came with it—characteristics that it succeeded in maintaining in the face of concerted, and sometimes successful, agitation by social-conservative-issue groups. The rise of the Tea Party has proved to be more of an organizational challenge. Tellingly, the Tea Party is not a party at all but a loose amalgam of organizations and factions ...

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