Relative Advantage in Action

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:
Relative Advantage in Action

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In this chapter, the theory of relative advantage is examined using detailed case study analyses. Through state newspapers of record, archival materials, and personal interviews, the history and development of the Republican state parties in Georgia and Virginia during the pivotal period leading up to, and during, the civil rights era are documented. The case studies describe the evolution of GOP development in these two states, including leadership, issue positions and platforms, congruity with the national party, and the specific coalitions that comprised party membership over time. The descriptive results reported in this chapter provide a great deal of support for the theory of relative advantage, given historical evidence pointing to the fact that both white conservatives and blacks were acting politically in their own self-interests.

Keywords: Georgia; Virginia; Republican Party; civil rights era; case study; state parties

Chapter.  10531 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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