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Putting Relative Advantage to the Test

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873821.003.0005
Putting Relative Advantage to the Test

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This chapter provides the first extensive empirical assessment of the theory of relative advantage. A panel Granger analysis based on nearly five decades of state-level data demonstrates that black mobilization influenced Republican growth in each of the Southern states. The chapter also includes results from time series cross-sectional analyses that clearly indicate that black mobilization played a more important role in the growth of Southern Republicanism than regional economic growth, black context, in-migration, or the growth of evangelicalism—all of which are competing explanations for GOP growth in the South. The analysis also demonstrates that the growing viability of Republican substate party organizations played a role in subsequent Republican growth in the electorate.

Keywords: panel Granger analysis; time series cross-section analysis; in-migration; economic growth; evangelicalism; party organization; republican growth

Chapter.  6728 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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