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

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"The essays in Southern Political Party Activists, compiled and edited by John A. Clark and Charles L. Prysby, present the findings of a large-scale survey research project tracing the ways in which county-level political party organizations have adapted in response to the challenges of their new electoral environments." The findings in Southern Political Party Activists lead to broad and telling conclusions about the nature of the southern political party system at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Also, because researchers have compiled little systematic data on local party organizations in any region of the country, these essays contribute significantly to understanding recent national political developments. By detailing the changes that southern Democrats and Republicans have made in response to the region's shifting political tides and placing those changes within the context of recent scholarship in the field, the authors provide a baseline from which future changes may be measured.
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"The essays in this volume provide us with new ways of thinking of changes in Southern politics and are supported by a wonderfully rich dataset.... Essential reading for students of southern politics, of electoral change, grassroots democracy, social movements, and many other topics." — ­Clyde Wilcox, Georgetown University

"A splendid book of first-rate, original research about grassroots party politics. John Clark, Charles Prysby, and their fellow scholars have truly advanced our understanding of the Democratic and Republican Parties as competing institutions in the modern South." — ­Merle Black, Emory University, and coauthor of The Rise of Southern Republi

"Documents a crucial period of transition in southern politics by focusing on the men and women who do politics at the grassroots. Competently researched and well-written, this collection is a worthy successor to a long line of fine work on the politics of America's most distinctive region." — John C. Green, University of Akron

"Packed with data and grounded in theory, the editors and contributors have written an insightful book about partisan change in the American South." — Perspectives on Political Science

"A superlative collection with a first-rate lineup of scholars." — Ted G. Jelen

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813123400
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Studying southern political party activists 1
Ch. 2 Religion : culture wars in the new south 13
Ch. 3 The continuing role of race in southern party organizations 29
Ch. 4 Population movement and southern party activists 45
Ch. 5 A growing divide : issue opinions of southern party activists 59
Ch. 6 Partisan attachments of southern party activists 73
Ch. 7 Factionalism transformation in the two-party south : it's getting harder to pick a fight 91
Ch. 8 Mass-elite linkages and partisan change in the south 107
Ch. 9 Purist versus pragmatist orientations among southern political party activists 133
Ch. 10 Motives for involvement among grassroots party activists in the modern south 149
Ch. 11 Party activists in election campaigns 171
Ch. 12 Communication patterns and party integration 185
Ch. 13 Conclusion : patterns of change between and within party organizations 197
App SGPA 2001 : description of the sampling plan and response rates 209
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