Rosenfeld's research focuses on political parties and American political development. Major themes in his work include the interaction between social movements and formal politics, the relationship between party politics and constitutional government, institutional reform, and the history of American social policy.
In the News
Offers a history of the construction of an ideologically defined party system in America. Details why bipartisanship was seen as a problem in the postwar period and how polarization was then cast as the solution.
Traces the impact of the congressional committee system and congressional reform on the food stamp program in the 1960s and 1970s.
Diagnoses the paradox of simultaneous weakness and strength, that modern parties present, as "hollowness." Offers an analysis of contemporary party pathologies in the context of parties' intellectual and institutional developments over two centuries.