The Democratic Party Heads North, 1877-1962
By (author) Alan J. Ware
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Democratic Party Heads North, 1877-1962 by Alan J. Ware
Book DescriptionThis book examines the dynamics of the American party system and explores how contemporary American politics was formed. Specifically, it asks how the Democrats could become sufficiently competitive in the American North as to be able to construct a national political majority. It rejects the conventional account, based on 'realignment theory', that between the end of Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Revolution, the base level of support for the Democratic party varied greatly from one era to another. Instead, by distinguishing between the 'building blocks' available to the Democrats in coalition formation and the aggregation of those 'blocks' into an actual coalition, the author shows that there was much less variation over time in the available 'blocks' than is usually argued. Neither the economic depression of 1893 nor the New Deal had the impact on the party system that most political scientists claim.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521858274
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan J. Ware
Dynamics of Two-party Politics, Hardback (June 2009)
This book examines the role played by the parties themselves in two-party systems. It rejects the argument that the behaviour of the parties is determined largely by social forces or by the supposed logic of the electoral market. Instead, it shows that both structure and agency can matter.
Democratic Party Heads North, 1877-1962, Paperback (March 2006)
This book examines how the Democratic party tried to construct a winning electoral coalition between 1877 and 1962.
American Direct Primary, Hardback (October 2002)
A major study of the origins of direct primary US elections since the 1920s.
Democracy and North America, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Alan J. Ware
The essays in this volume assess democracy in continental North America - Canada, the United States and Mexico - and the process of democratization within these countries.
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Author Biography - Alan J. Ware
Alan Ware is a professor and tutor in Politics at Worcester College, Oxford University. He has authored seven previous books and edited six books. He has written numerous articles that have appeared in scholarly journals. His most recent book, The American Direct Primary, was published in 2002, and Political Parties and Party Systems was recently translated into Spanish. He serves on the Editorial Boards for Party Politics and Democratization.
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