Southern Party Organizations and Activists

John A. Clark

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381948
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Southern Party Organizations and Activists


This article outlines the scholarship on party organizations in the South and the activists who participate in them. It begins with an introduction to party organizations and what they do, followed by a discussion of the development of state and local parties in the southern states. Next it turns to contemporary party organizations and the activists who staff them. It concludes with brief comments on potential challenges facing political parties in the South and elsewhere.

Keywords: party organizations; state parties; local parties; political parties; American South; party activists

Article.  7444 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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