“We the People?” Historical Foundations of Factionalism

  • Patrick HomanEmail author
  • Jeffrey S. Lantis


This chapter provides a rich, historical study of the evolution of the political party system in the United States over time and the rise of centripetal political forces that threatened the “Cold War consensus” model of bipartisan foreign policy development. Building on these historical divisions, it charts the evolution of the most important factions in U.S. politics today: the Tea Party and Freedom Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus. This chapter develops critical foundations for the case studies that follow over the next four chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceDominican UniversityRiver ForestUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceThe College of WoosterWoosterUSA

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