Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate

Reelection: William Jefferson Clinton as a Native-Son Presidential Candidate

by Hanes Walton, Jr.
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231115539

ISBN-13: 9780231115537

Pub. Date: 01/27/2000

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, only three Democrats have captured the White House—all of them natives of southern states. The ascendancy and reelection of Bill Clinton to the presidency is a prime example of this phenomenon, and although books have been published on the "native son" psychological variable in electoral contests, no work to

Overview

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, only three Democrats have captured the White House—all of them natives of southern states. The ascendancy and reelection of Bill Clinton to the presidency is a prime example of this phenomenon, and although books have been published on the "native son" psychological variable in electoral contests, no work to date has investigated this aspect of Clinton's political career.

Covering all of Clinton's twenty-one elections to state and national offices, Hanes Walton Jr. explores one of the political success stories of our century, showing how Clinton's popularity in his southern home has had a profound influence on his national electoral dominance. Walton combines the native-son theory with the issue of race to describe how the Democrats have built a vital power base in the South, in large measure because of their popularity among African-American voters.

With an epilogue on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and its effect on the Democratic Party, Reelection is a major contribution to the literature on the psychology of national elections at a time when its insight into the possibility of Democratic leadership into the next century is most critical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115537
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2000
Series:
Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 21st Century Series
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

ForewardPrefaceIntroductionPrologue1. Elections1. Epistemology and the Native-Son Candidate2. Theory3. Methodology2. The Political Context of a Native-Son Candidate4. The Arkansas Electorate5. The African American Electorate3. The Making of a Native-Son Candidate6. The Congressional Vote for Clinton7. The Attorney General Vote for Clinton8. The Gubernatorial Vote for Clinton4. The Native-Son Presidential Candidate9. The Presidential Vote for Clinton10. The Regional Vote: Clinton and Carter5. The Native-Son Candidate and Democratic Elections11. The Democratic Party in Presidential Elections: The Native-Son Theory RevisitedEndnotesAppendix: The Election Data—A Research Note

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