Southern power and influence in Congress has been on the wane in the latter part of the 20th Century, but as the essayists in this collection suggest, the region appears posed to reclaim its influence. While southern legislative politics is still a product of the region's unique history, political experience, racial legacy, and experience with one-partyism, Congress is one of the primaryif not the paramountbattlegrounds where southern politics are making an impact on the rest of the United States.
This collection of the most recent, critical, and thought- provoking literature, written by some of the leading scholars in southern and legislative politics across the country establishes a paradigm of thinking about southern politics vis-a-vis Congress which illustrates the major issues and impacts this connection is likely to have in future decades. For all scholars and researchers involved with contemporary southern politics, Congressional politics, and U.S. elections.
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About the Author
JOHN C. KUZENSKI is Associate Professor of Political Science at The Citadel and Co-Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. He has authored or edited numerous publications, primarily in southern and legislative politics, including David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South.
LAURENCE W. MORELAND is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at The Citadel and Co-Director of The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. He has co-edited eleven books on southern politics, and he is author or co-author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.
ROBERT P. STEED is Professor of Political Science at The Citadel. A Co-Director of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics since 1978, he has co-edited twelve books and published extensively in journals and edited collections.
Table of Contents
Critical Events in Contemporary Southern Politics: Dynamic Growth and Partisan Percolations by Ronald Keith Gaddie and Donna R. Hoffman
What You See Is…Essentially…What You Get: House Races in the Contemporary South by Stanley P. Berard and David W. Rohde
When Legislators Change Sides: The Implications of Party Defections in the South by James M. Glaser
Congressional Responsiveness to Redistricting-Induced Constituency Change by Christine L. Sharpe
The Contemporary South and the 1998 Elections by Charles S. Bullock III
Southern Party Leaders in the Postreform House by Ronald M. Peters, Jr.
The Conscience of the Revolution: Southern Influence in the House Republican "Class of 1994" by Nicol C. Rae
It's the Variable, Dummy: The Evolution of Congressional Ideology, 1947-1996 by Frank B. Feigert and Michael Ault
Testing Hypotheses on Increased Ideological Polarization in U.S. House Delegations from the South After Redistricting by Allison L. Hayes and Kenneth A. Wink
Payback or Continuity? GOP Support of the Religious Right in the House of Representatives by Mark Caleb Smith
Epilogue: The South and Congress at the End of the Twentieth Century