The Strategic Dynamics of Southern Political Change

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:
The Strategic Dynamics of Southern Political Change

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This chapter introduces the theory of relative advantage, a novel framework for explaining the growth of Southern Republicanism. It explains how local strategic dynamics played a decisive and underappreciated role in the development of the Southern Republican Party and the mobilization of the black electorate. The chapter also discusses how the mobilization of African Americans into the Democratic Party challenged the control of the party by conservative whites. As local Republican Party organizations became politically viable, the strategic opportunities that such a change provided made the GOP an increasingly attractive alternative for white conservatives. The theory clearly explains how Republican growth was driven by black mobilization.

Keywords: mobilization; party organizations; relative advantage; white conservatives

Chapter.  6801 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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