Southern Political Party Activists: Patterns of Conflict and Change, 1991-2001

Southern Political Party Activists: Patterns of Conflict and Change, 1991-2001

by John A. Clark
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813123402

ISBN-13: 9780813123400

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

The South continues to be the most distinctive region in American politics. Over the last half century, Democratic dominance in the South has given way to the emergence of a truly competitive two-party system that leans Republican in presidential elections. In some ways, the region is increasingly like the rest of the country, yet even the degree of change and the

Overview

The South continues to be the most distinctive region in American politics. Over the last half century, Democratic dominance in the South has given way to the emergence of a truly competitive two-party system that leans Republican in presidential elections. In some ways, the region is increasingly like the rest of the country, yet even the degree of change and the speed with which it occurred give the South a distinctive air. The contributors to Southern Political Party Activists examine both the development of American political party organizations and the changing political character of the South, focusing on grassroots party activists-those who are involved in party organizations at the county level. John A. Clark is associate professor of political science at Western Michigan University. Charles L. Prysby is professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813123400
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Studying Southern Political Party Activists1
Part ASocial Factors and Party Conflict
Chapter 2Religion: Culture Wars in the New South13
Chapter 3The Continuing Role of Race in Southern Party Organizations29
Chapter 4Population Movement and Southern Party Activists45
Part BPolitical Attitudes of Southern Party Activists
Chapter 5A Growing Divide: Issue Opinions of Southern Party Activists59
Chapter 6Partisan Attachments of Southern Party Activists73
Chapter 7Factionalism Transformation in the Two-Party South: It's Getting Harder to Pick a Fight91
Chapter 8Mass-Elite Linkages and Partisan Change in the South107
Part COrganizational Involvement among Southern Party Activists
Chapter 9Purist versus Pragmatist Orientations among Southern Political Party Activists133
Chapter 10Motives for Involvement among Grassroots Party Activists in the Modern South149
Chapter 11Party Activists in Election Campaigns171
Chapter 12Communication Patterns and Party Integration185
Chapter 13Conclusion: Patterns of Change between and within Party Organizations197
AppendixSGPA 2001: Description of the Sampling Plan and Response Rates209
References227
List of Contributors247
Index249

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