A Half-Century of Political Change in the South

M. V. Hood III, Quentin Kidd and Irwin L. Morris

in The Rational Southerner

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873821
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980017 | DOI:
A Half-Century of Political Change in the South

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This chapter demonstrates the dramatic transformation that occurred over the last half-century in the region by providing a detailed description of the Southern political landscape from the 1950s through the present day. The chapter first examines the increasing success of Southern GOP candidates at the national, state, and substate levels. Next, growth in individual-level identification with the Republican Party using longitudinal survey data is documented. As noted by a number of existing studies, Southern whites were drawn to Republican Party candidates—particularly at the presidential level—before they viewed themselves (or identified) as Republicans.

Keywords: Southern Politics; GOP candidates; Southern whites; national politics; state politics; substate politics

Chapter.  5752 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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