The Republican South
Democratization and Partisan Change
By (author) David Lublin
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Republican South by David Lublin
Book DescriptionThis comprehensive and in-depth look at southern politics in the United States challenges conventional notions about the rise of the Republican Party in the South. David Lublin argues that the evolution of southern politics must be seen as part of a process of democratization of the region's politics. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided a sharp jolt forward in this process by greatly expanding the southern electorate. Nevertheless, Democrats prevented Republicans from capitalizing rapidly on these changes. The overwhelming dominance of the region's politics by Democrats and their frequent adoption of conservative positions made it difficult for the GOP to attract either candidates or voters in many contests. However, electoral rules and issues gradually propelled the Democrats to the Left and more conservative white voters and politicians into the arms of the Republican Party. Surprisingly, despite the racial turmoil of the civil rights era, economic rather than racial issues first separated Democrats from Republicans. Only later did racial and social issues begin to rival economic questions as a source of partisan division and opportunity for Republican politicians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691130477
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Lublin
Minority Rules, Paperback (January 2015)
In Minority Rules, David Lublin eschews the usual approach of shining attention on conflict and instead looks at the representation of minority groups in largely peaceful and democratic countries throughout the world.
Paradox of Representation, Paperback (July 1999)» View all books by David Lublin
Offers an analysis of rigorous, empirical evidence that exposes the central paradox of racial representation. Using data on representatives elected to Congress between 1972 and 1994, this work examines the link between the racial composition of a congressional district and its representative's race as well as ideology.
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Author Biography - David Lublin
David Lublin is Associate Professor of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is the author of "The Paradox of Representation: Racial Gerrymandering and Minority Interests in Congress" (Princeton).
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