Relative Advantage in a Post-VRA World

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 a Post-VRA World

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Although much of the book focuses on explaining GOP growth in the South, this chapter explains how GOP growth also influenced the political mobilization of the African American population. The theory of relative advantage also suggests that, in areas with large black populations, Republican growth will boost black mobilization. This chapter includes empirical results that suggest GOP growth played a role in black mobilization in the Deep South, which standard models of mobilization—the empowerment and resource models—do not address. Evidence is also found at the substate level within Louisiana and North Carolina to support the conclusion that Republican growth led to black mobilization.

Keywords: black mobilization; black empowerment; resource models; Deep South; Louisiana; North Carolina; GOP growth

Chapter.  5446 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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