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Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections

Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections

1st Edition
August 2009
Trade Paperback · 272 Pages
$34.00 U.S. · $39.50 CAN · £22.99 U.K. · €24.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780813344072
Westview Press
Transforming American Politics

 

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Description

Tremendous transformation marks the last three decades of American politics, and nowhere has this change been as distinctive and penetrating as in the American South. After 120 consecutive years of minority status, the rapid ascendancy of Southern House Republicans in the 1990s has reshaped the contours of contemporary American politics: increasing party polarization, making a Republican House majority possible, and, most recently, contributing to the revival of Democratic fortunes in national congressional elections. Southern Republican ascendancy constitutes an exemplar of party system change, made possible by three sequential factors: increasing Republican identification, redistricting, and the emergence of viable Republican candidates.

 

Relying on existing and original data sources, this text presents the most recent example of large-scale partisan change. Beyond serving as a primer for the study of political parties, campaigns and elections, and Southern politics, Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections provides an original theoretical argument and an expansive view of why political change in the South has such strong implications for national politics.

About the Author

Seth C. McKee is assistant professor of political science at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. His PhD is from the University of Texas, Austin, and his expertise is in parties and election studies.