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Electoral Realignments : A Critique of an American Genre.

Author/Creator:
Mayhew, David R.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (183 pages)
Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies
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Subjects:
Political parties -- United States -- History.
Elections -- United States -- History.
Party affiliation -- United States -- History.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
The study of electoral realignments is one of the most influential and intellectually stimulating enterprises undertaken by American political scientists. Realignment theory has been seen as a science able to predict changes, and generations of students, journalists, pundits, and political scientists have been trained to be on the lookout for "signs" of new electoral realignments. Now a major political scientist argues that the essential claims of realignment theory are wrong-that American elections, parties, and policymaking are not (and never were) reconfigured according to the realignment calendar. David Mayhew examines fifteen key empirical claims of realignment theory in detail and shows us why each in turn does not hold up under scrutiny. It is time, he insists, to open the field to new ideas. We might, for example, adopt a more nominalistic, skeptical way of thinking about American elections that highlights contingency, short-term election strategies, and valence issues. Or we might examine such broad topics as bellicosity in early American history, or racial questions in much of our electoral history. But we must move on from an old orthodoxy and failed model of illumination.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Realignments Perspective
Chapter 3 Framing the Critique
Chapter 4 The Cyclical Dynamic
Chapter 5 Processes and Issues
Chapter 6 Policies and Democracy
Chapter 7 Conclusion
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Mayhew, David R. Electoral Realignments
ISBN:
9780300130034
9780300093360
OCLC:
923589753