Republican South Democratization and Partisan Change

ISBN-10: 0691130477
ISBN-13: 9780691130477
Edition: 2004
Authors: David Lublin
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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 1/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This study argues that Republican growth in the South is only understood as part of a process of democratization rather than simply partisan change. The 1965 Voting Rights Act led to a gradual but sustained weakening of old Democratic hegemonies & gradually conservative voters have changed allegiance.

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Core Questions
Describing Partisan Change
A Typology of Partisan Change
Classifying Partisan Change in the South
Explaining Partisan Change in the South
The Historical Role of Race in the South
Political Elites and Partisan Change
Institutions and Partisan Change
Racial Issues, Racial Context, and Partisan Change
Racial, Economic, and Social Issues and Partisan Change
Outline of the Book
The Pace of Republican Gains
Federal Elections
Presidential Elections
Congressional Elections
State Elections
Gubernatorial Elections
State Legislative Elections
Local Elections
Top-Down Republican Gains?
Conclusion
Strategic Elites and Partisan Choice
Why Focus on Local and State Legislative Contests?
An Indicator of Partisanship
Strategic Behavior by Elites
The Local Elections Database
Candidate Recruitment
Republican Contestation of Southern Elections
The Incumbency Advantage in Local Elections
Conclusion
The Role of Institutions
The History of Institutions in Southern Politics
Racial Redistricting in the Nineteenth Century
The Establishment of Primary and Runoff Elections
Racial Redistricting
Criticisms and Defenses of Racial Redistricting
Racial Redistricting Stimulates Partisan Change
Primary Elections
Enfranchisement, the Democratic Primary, and Partisan Change
Louisiana
The Initiative Process and Term Limits
No Party Labels on the Ballot:The Case of Virginia
Conclusion
The Impact of Racial Context
Race Remains Central to Black Partisanship
The History of Black Partisanship
Maintaining Black Support for the Democrats Today
Racial Threat, Electoral Outcomes, and White Voting Behavior
National Elections
County and State Legislative Elections
County and State Legislative Elites
Submerged White Backlash?
Conclusion
Issues and White Partisanship
Explaining White Partisan Change in the South
Racial Explanations
Class or Social Issue Explanations
Multiple Factors?
The Overemphasis on Racial Issues
Assessing the Relative Importance of Racial, Economic, and Social Issues
Racial Issues and Democratic Officials
Class, Economic Issues, and Partisan Change
Social Issues and Partisan Change
Comparing the Impact of Racial, Economic, and Social Issues
Economic Issues Remain Paramount
Racial and Social Issues Have Grown in Importance
Conclusion
The Future of Southern Politics
A New "Solid South"?
Issues and Southern Politics
Do Long-Term Trends Favor the Democrats?
Rising Minority Population
Supreme Court Attacks on Racial Redistricting
Appendix
Index

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