The Democratic Party Heads North, 1877-1962

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This book provides a wholly new analysis of the American party system. It examines how the Democratic party tried to construct a winning electoral coalition between 1877 and 1962. It argues that there was a much greater continuity in the elements of the Democratic coalition from one era to another than is usually believed. Neither the economic depression of the early 1890s nor the New Deal programmes of the 1930s had the effects on the party system that they are supposed to have had.


1. The south and the democratic convention; 2. The dynamics of party coalition building; 3. The unstable party equilibrium, 1877-96; 4. The re-assembling of the democratic coalition, 1896-1912; 5. Woodrow Wilson and the failure to re-shape the democratic coalition, 1912-20; 6. How could a winning democratic coalition be constructed, 1920-32?; 7. Democratic party dominance or restored party equilibrium, 1938-52?; 8. The two parties' coalitions come under threat, 1952-62; 9. Conclusions.


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.


"Alan Ware's grasp of American politics and political history is outstanding. This book tells the complicated story of what was happening to the Democratic party during the long Republican-dominated era that stretched from Reconstruction to the New Deal. The result is original political science at its best." Nelson W. Polsby, University of California, Berkeley "Alan Ware is in the process of making a major contribution to the understanding of American politics, with his recent book on The American Direct Primary and now with the strikingly different The Democratic Party Heads North. Where so much historical scholarship on the years before the New Deal focuses on the South, Alan does indeed 'head north'. Where so much of the analytic scholarship on party politics emphasizes the power of social forces, Alan makes his main actors slaves to the existing political landscape if--but only if--they fail to help transform it. The story of their successes and failures provides one of those rare books with genuine sweep and real political phenomena at its core." Bryon Shafer, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Ware provides an absorbing analysis of the Democratic Party's gradual evolution from a southern-based party into one that could compete effectively with the Republicans in northern elections. This insightful book highlights the interplay of opportunity and political entrepreneurship. It proves that leaders could weave diverse local concerns into a winning political coalition and, more important, retain power once won. Ware challenges the conventional wisdom that political parties are hostage to infrequent political earthquakes to realign the electoral landscape. This important study provides rich insights into the way long-term politics really works. It will inform our understanding of America's political parties and their leaders for many years to come." David Brian Robertson, University of Missouri - St. Louis "'I belong to no organized political party,' Will Rogers is supposed to have said. 'I am a Democrat.' In this work of impressive historical sweep and penetrating analytical clarity, Alan Ware reveals the fundamental truth behind Rogers's famous quip. He chronicles the Democratic Party's remarkable and immensely consequential transformation from a party of the South to a party of the North. This development, he shows, owed less to the shifting allegiances of voters than to choices made by party leaders attempting to construct and maintain national majorities out of inherently unstable and fractious ingredients. In doing so, Ware offers a fresh perspective not only on theories of political change but also on the historical roots of our own contentious era." Robert C. Lieberman, Columbia University
EAN: 9780521675000
ISBN: 0521675006
Untertitel: 47 tables. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2006
Seitenanzahl: 300 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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