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Elephant's Edge: The Republicans as a Ruling Party

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275985363
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Andrew J. Taylor is Associate Professor at North Carolina State University. He has contributed frequently to scholarly journals, has made over 200 appearances on television, been interviewed over 100 times for radio, and has been quoted regularly in national and local newspapers.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Norman Ornstein


American Party Politics

Uneven Playing Field: The Constitutional and Geographical Origins of the Republican Advantage

Elephants in the House: After Forty Years in the Wilderness, Playing the Democrats at their Own Game

Governing Stealthily: Republicans in the States and the Courts

Trapping the Donkey: Foreign Policy as Republican Advantage

Trapping the Donkey Again: Domestic Policy as Republican Advantage

The Well-Oiled Machine: The Republican Party Organization, Allied Interests, and Political Money

Winning Hearts and Minds: The Media and the Republican Ideas Industry

Social, Economic, and Attitudinal Change as Republican Advantage: Public Opinion and the Politics of Wealth, Work, Faith, and Race

The Republicans as a Ruling (not Majority) Party

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What People are Saying About This

Thomas E. Mann

"Taylor has written an exceptionally lively and insightful analysis of how the Republicans came to be the ruling party in contemporary American politics but why they are unlikely to emerge as an enduring majority party. Elephant's Edge chronicles the many forces-constitutional, statutory, geographical, institutional, jurisprudential, foreign and domestic policy, organizational, media, economic and demographic- that give the GOP a decided advantage….A productive and enjoyable read for any student of American politics."

John J. Pitney

"Elephant's Edge makes an important point about American politics. The title gets it just right. While the partisan balance is not quite even, Republicans do not have a commanding lead. What they have is an edge. Writing with style and political savvy, Andrew Taylor explains how the structures of campaign politics and public policy give the GOP a small but crucial advantage. Scholars and political activists should give a careful read to this timely book."

Larry J. Sabato

"This is a nuanced and quite convincing approach to the realities of modern American politics. The tendency of journalists and analysts is to reach for the grand theory and big conclusion about change. Yet life, including politics, is lived not in black and white but in the gray zone. Taylor's book is a welcome antidote to the screeds of left and right that thunder certainty for an uncertain future."

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