In recent years there has been a steady stream of literature proclaiming the decline of the American party system. It is argued that the parties have been losing their "relevance," their critical capacity in responding to social needs and problems. This allegation entails serious ramifications as political parties have long been viewed as performing many vital functions in the American political system.
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