University of Denver
Department of Political Science

Seth Masket

Seth Masket is a professor of political science and director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver. He researches and teaches about political parties, state legislatures, and campaigns and elections. Masket regularly contributes to Mischiefs of Faction and FiveThirtyEight.

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Ricketson Law Building, 480C
2255 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80208

(303) 900-8621

seth.masket@du.edu

@smotus

COMING IN 2020

LEARNING FROM LOSS

The Democrats, 2016-2020

This ongoing research examines how the Democratic Party is interpreting the 2016 election and preparing for 2020.

Other Books

The Inevitable Party

Why Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and how They Weaken Democracy (2016)

This book examines five state-level anti-party reforms and looks at why they failed. These reforms range from from open primaries to campaign finance restrictions to nonpartisan legislatures, and the research utilizes legislative roll call votes, campaign donations patterns, and extensive interviews with local political elites.

No Middle Ground

How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures (2009)

In recent years political parties have gained strength in state governments as well as in Washington. In many cases these parties function as machines. Unlike machines of the past that manipulated votes, however, today’s machines determine which candidates can credibly compete in a primary. Focusing on the history and politics of California, this book reveals how these machines evolved and how they stay in power by directing money, endorsements, and expertise to favored candidates, who often tend toward the ideological extreme.

Contact Author

Ricketson Law Building, 480C
2255 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80208

(303) 900-8621

seth.masket@du.edu

@smotus

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