The Collapse Of The Democratic Presidential Majority / Edition 1

The Collapse Of The Democratic Presidential Majority / Edition 1

by David G Lawrence
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813399815

ISBN-13: 9780813399812

Pub. Date: 01/01/1998

Publisher: Westview Press


American electoral politics since World War II stubbornly refuse to fit the theories of political scientists. The long collapse of the Democratic presidential majority does not look much like the classic realignments of the past: The Republicans made no corresponding gains in sub-presidential elections and never won the loyalty of a majority of the electorate…  See more details below

Overview


American electoral politics since World War II stubbornly refuse to fit the theories of political scientists. The long collapse of the Democratic presidential majority does not look much like the classic realignments of the past: The Republicans made no corresponding gains in sub-presidential elections and never won the loyalty of a majority of the electorate in terms of party identification. And yet, the period shows a stability of Republican dominance quite at odds with the volatility and unpredictability central to the competing theory of dealignment.The Collapse of the Democratic Presidential Majority makes sense of the last half century of American presidential elections as part of a transition from a world in which realignment was still possible to a dealigned political universe. The book combines analysis of presidential elections in the postwar world with theories of electoral change—showing how Reagan bridged the eras of re- and dealignment and why Clinton was elected despite the postwar trend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813399812
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Series:
Transforming American Politics Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Preface
1Introduction1
2The Collapse of the Democratic Presidential Majority11
3The Decline of New Deal Economic Cleavage: Social Class and Issue Salience33
4Decreasing Latent Cleavages: Race and the Roosevelt Coalition from 1948 to 197255
5The Emergence of the Second Mini-Realignment: Ideological Extremity and Democratic Defection77
6The Fragile Extension of the Second Mini-Realignment: Retrospective Voting and the Politics of Prosperity107
7Mondale's Revenge: Ideology and Retrospective Evaluations in 1992139
8Conclusion: Realignment, Dealignment, and Electoral Change from Roosevelt to Clinton169
Appendixes183
References199
About the Book and Author209
Index211

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