The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics / Edition 4

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The latest presidential election demonstrated the national importance of the shifting demographics and partisan leanings of the Southern states. When it first appeared in 1998, The New Politics of the Old South broke new ground by examining Southern political trends at the end of the twentieth century. Now in its fourth edition, with all chapters extensively revised and updated to cover events up through the 2008 elections, the authors continue their unique state-by-state analysis of political behavior. Written by the country's leading scholars of Southern politics and designed to be adopted for courses on Southern politics (but accessible to any interested reader), this book traces the shifting trends of the Southern electorate and explains its growing influence on the course of national politics.

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Editorial Reviews

Fourteen contributions explore the changing face of national and state politics in the southern states. The inroads made by Republicans, the politics of race, and the role of religion are examined in chapters devoted to one-by-one examinations of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas. Other issues discussed include racial gerrymandering, the impact of the civil rights movement, the transition from a one-party to a two-party system, and the relationship with presidential politics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Aubrey Jewett
The 5th edition of The New Politics of the Old South covers all the "new" trends, data and research while maintaining the high quality of the "old" editions. Bullock and Rozell have brought together another superior team of authors who keep the writing uniformly crisp and the conclusions uniformly thoughtful and thought provoking. The overall theme of the 5th edition is that the Republican and Democratic parties have switched places in the south (although the new GOP is not quite as dominant as the Dixiecrats of old) but that the south, ironically, is still out of step with the rest of the country since Democrats have emerged as the dominant party in most other regions. This book is strongly recommended for students, researchers and the general public alike as it is that rare work that achieves a perfect balance of cutting edge scholarship and accessible, and entertaining, storytelling. V.O. Key would have loved this book – more importantly, so will you!
Bullock and Rozell have produced a unique edited book on southern politics. The editors have pulled together a series of case studies on each of the southern states that highlight how politics has changed in the modern era. The editors suggest that the southern states have diverged away from the rest of the country and have lost their cherished position in the American political system. Themes of religion, race, realignment, and demographic change appear through each unit. The contributors of the various chapters have done an excellent job of highlighting how southern political systems are responding to change in the country and within their own states, particularly with regard to Latinos and Hispanics. The strength of this volume is that each case study is data rich and the analysis is timely. . . .[T]he individual case studies should be required reading for any research project on specific states. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduate students, graduate students, and research faculty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742570214
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 326
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles S. Bullock III is Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science at the University of Georgia. Mark J. Rozell is Acting Dean and Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : southern politics in the twenty-first century 1
1 South Carolina : change and continuity in the palmetto state 29
2 Georgia : the GOP finally takes over 49
3 Alabama : from one party to competition, and maybe back again 75
4 Mississippi : emergence of a modern two-party state 95
5 Louisiana : African Americans, republicans and party competition 115
6 Virginia : the new politics of the old dominion 141
7 North Carolina : two-party competition continues into the twenty-first century 161
8 Tennessee : once a bluish state, now a reddish one 187
9 Arkansas : the post-2000 elections - continued GOP growth or a party that has peaked? 213
10 Oklahoma : evangelicals and the secular realignment 237
11 Florida : political change, 1950-2004 263
12 Texas : lone star (wars) state 285
13 The soul of the South : religion and southern politics in the twenty-first century 301
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