Independents Rising by Jacqueline S. Salit
Outsider Movements, Third Parties, and the Struggle for a Post-Partisan America

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A revealing look at how independent voters have been upending the political establishment for thirty years - and how they'll decide the future of American politics.

In a political system where two parties reign supreme, 40% of Americans consider themselves neither Democrats nor Republicans, but independents. Independents elected President Barack Obama in 2008 and then, in a seeming reversal, gave control of Congress to the Republicans in 2010. But who are these independents? Angry moderates? Frustrated ideologues? The base for the third party? Reformers or revolutionaries? Jacqueline Salit has spent 30 years as an insider in this growing movement of outsiders. She recounts the little-known history of this volatile force as old political institutions and categories are becoming irrelevant - even repugnant - to many Americans. An architect of unorthodox left/right coalitions within the Perot movement and Reform Party, and manager of Michael Bloomberg's three New York mayoral campaigns on the Independence Party line, Salit explores how these unclaimed voters are not only deciding elections, but reshaping the political landscape. With a surprising cast of characters - from the famous to the unknown - Salit argues that the failure to heed this movement against partisanship (and even parties) puts political careers at risk and damages essential features of American democracy. She reveals how independents underestimate their own power and how they can make the most of their newfound moment in the sun.


About Jacqueline S. Salit

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Jacqueline S. Salit is the president of, the country’s leading strategy and organizing center for independents, with chapters in 40 states, and the publisher of The Neo-Independent magazine. Her political commentary has appeared in USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Legal Times, The Buffalo News, Union Leader, Albany Times Union, and Newsday.  She’s been a featured commentator on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, CBC, PBS, FOX and CSPAN.  Salit is also a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated radio program The Fairness Doctrine and produces Talk/Talk with public philosopher Fred Newman.  She lives in New York.
Published August 7, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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See more reviews from this publication president Salit (co-author: Talk/Talk: Making (Non) Sense of an Irrational World, 2010) discusses independent voters in this “honest and unvarnished account of events, personalities, and contexts in the formative decades of what I feel certain will turn out to be a century-d...

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Given the upcoming presidential election, Salit’s earnest and informative book is sure to be consulted by those trying to understand the enigmatic and influential independent voter.

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Independents, organized without being a third party, are battling for structural reforms that loosen the grip of parties on government and politics."

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The Moderate Voice

Jackie Salit: Independents Rising (Philadelphia Weekly) Political Pundit Jacqueline Salit recounts the little-known history of the independent political movement, exploring and attempting to define exactly who independents are and what their impact on the current political system is.

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