Red, Blue, and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics

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As America rushes headlong into a dramatic campaign season, it is clear that these consequential contests —and the ones that follow —will be hugely influenced by recent changes in the nation's makeup. Red, Blue, and Purple America provides a clear and nuanced understanding of the geographic and demographic changes that are transforming the United States and how that transformation is reshaping politics, for the 2008 elections and beyond. The invaluable result is a detailed picture of current trends as well as a ...

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As America rushes headlong into a dramatic campaign season, it is clear that these consequential contests —and the ones that follow —will be hugely influenced by recent changes in the nation's makeup. Red, Blue, and Purple America provides a clear and nuanced understanding of the geographic and demographic changes that are transforming the United States and how that transformation is reshaping politics, for the 2008 elections and beyond. The invaluable result is a detailed picture of current trends as well as a clear-eyed assessment of how they will shape American politics and policy during the next two decades.

An elite group of demographers, geographers, and political scientists analyze rapidly changing patterns of immigration, settlement, demography, family structure, and religion. Each analysis describes one major trend and assesses its likely impact on politics, for the 2008 elections but for the long term as well. The authors then lay out the most likely implications for public policy. In doing so, they show how these trends have shaped the Red and Blue divisions we are familiar with today, and how the developments might break apart those blocs in new and surprising ways.

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"Indeed, to read through the seven informative essays in Red, Blue, and Purple America—devoted to such subjects as changes in family structure, the growth of new types of suburbs, the "clustering" by which demographic groups tend more and more to live together, and the rise of the more liberal "Millennial" generation—is to see that almost every major demographic trend favors the Democratic Party over the long term." —Michael Tomasky, New York Review of Books

"This book is full of information presented in words, tables and charts. The authors offer numerous insights into voting trends, a few surprises, and much food for thought. If you want to know why the 2008 election was not an aberration, read this book." — Senior Women Web

"There have been many efforts to find the one key voting bloc that will turn the election—soccer moms, Wal-Mart Moms, office-park Dads—but in Red, Blue, and Purple America, Ruy Teixeira explains why those descriptions have always been too simplistic or wildly wrong." —John Dickerson, Slate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815783152
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruy Teixeira is a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and the Center for American Progress, as well as a fellow of the New Politics Institute. He is the coauthor, with John B. Judis, of The Emerging Democratic Majority, selected by the Economist as one of the best books of 1992. He is also the author of The Disappearing American Voter (Brookings, 1992) and coauthor, with Joel Rogers, of America's Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters (Brookings, 2001).Teixeira and Karlyn Bowman codirect the joint Brookings—American Enterprise Institute project on "The Future of Red, Blue and Purple America," from which this book emerges.

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Table of Contents

Beyond polarization? : the future of red, blue, and purple America Ruy Teixeira Teixeira, Ruy 1

1 The new suburban politics : a county-based analysis of metropolitan voting trends since 2000 Robert Lang Lang, Robert Thomas Sanchez Sanchez, Thomas Alan Berube Berube, Alan 25

2 The big sort : migration, community, and politics in the United States of "those people" Bill Bishop Bishop, Bill Robert Cushing Cushing, Robert 50

3 Race, immigration, and America's changing electorate William Frey Frey, William 79

4 The decline of the white working class and the rise of a mass upper-middle class Alan Abramowitz Abramowitz, Alan Ruy Teixeira Teixeira, Ruy 109

5 Changes in family structure, family values, and politics, 1972-2006 Tom W. Smith Smith, Tom W. 147

6 Religion and American politics : more secular, more evangelical, or both? John Green Green, John E. J. Dionne, Jr. Dionne, E. J., Jr. 194

7 The aging of the Boomers and the rise of the Millennials Scott Keeter Keeter, Scott 225

Contributors 259

Index 261

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