Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre / Edition 1

Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre / Edition 1

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by David R. Mayhew
     
 

The study of electoral realignments is one of the most influential and intellectually stimulating enterprises undertaken by American political scientists. Realignment theory has been seen as a science able to predict changes, and generations of students, journalists, pundits, and political scientists have been trained to be on the lookout for "signs" of new… See more details below

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The study of electoral realignments is one of the most influential and intellectually stimulating enterprises undertaken by American political scientists. Realignment theory has been seen as a science able to predict changes, and generations of students, journalists, pundits, and political scientists have been trained to be on the lookout for "signs" of new electoral realignments. Now a major political scientist argues that the essential claims of realignment theory are wrong-that American elections, parties, and policymaking are not (and never were) reconfigured according to the realignment calendar.
David Mayhew examines fifteen key empirical claims of realignment theory in detail and shows us why each in turn does not hold up under scrutiny. It is time, he insists, to open the field to new ideas. We might, for example, adopt a more nominalistic, skeptical way of thinking about American elections that highlights contingency, short-term election strategies, and valence issues. Or we might examine such broad topics as bellicosity in early American history, or racial questions in much of our electoral history. But we must move on from an old orthodoxy and failed model of illumination.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093650
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy St
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2The Realignments Perspective7
Ch. 3Framing the Critique34
Ch. 4The Cyclical Dynamic43
Ch. 5Processes and Issues70
Ch. 6Policies and Democracy103
Ch. 7Conclusion141
Index167

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