Chapter

Incomplete Institutionalization

in The Two Reconstructions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226845289
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226845272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226845272.003.0003
Incomplete Institutionalization

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This chapter outlines the continuing involvement of the Republican Party's northern wing in southern party politics and its support for black electoral inclusion. A considerable degree of electoral insecurity for the Republicans outside the South created an incentive for northern Republicans to sustain the party's historic southern policy. Their stances and initiatives interacted with black southerners' continuing mobilization of their political resources. There was, in other words, a mix—a mix of weakness and persistence. Portraying it is essential for understanding the long and puzzling course of African American electoral inclusion. It reveals incomplete institutionalization.

Keywords: institutionalization; Republican Party; party politics; black electorate; southern policy; political resources

Chapter.  9255 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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