Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections by Seth C. McKeeRepublican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections by Seth C. McKee

Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections

bySeth C. McKee

Paperback | August 11, 2009

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Tremendous transformation marks the last three decades of American politics, and nowhere has this change been as distinctive and penetrating as in the American South. After 120 consecutive years of minority status, the rapid ascendancy of Southern House Republicans in the 1990s has reshaped the contours of contemporary American politics: increasing party polarization, making a Republican House majority possible, and, most recently, contributing to the revival of Democratic fortunes in national congressional elections. Southern Republican ascendancy constitutes an exemplar of party system change, made possible by three sequential factors: increasing Republican identification, redistricting, and the emergence of viable Republican candidates. Relying on existing and original data sources, this text presents the most recent example of large-scale partisan change. Beyond serving as a primer for the study of political parties, campaigns and elections, and Southern politics, Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections provides an original theoretical argument and an expansive view of why political change in the South has such strong implications for national politics.
Seth C. McKee is assistant professor of political science at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg. His PhD is from the University of Texas, Austin, and his expertise is in parties and election studies.
Title:Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House ElectionsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 11, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813344077

ISBN - 13:9780813344072


Table of Contents

* Prologue * Acknowledgements * 1. Explaining Republican Ascendancy * 2. The Dynamics of Party Identification * 3. Electoral Effects of Redistricting * 4. Republican Candidate Emergence * 5. National Implications of Southern Republican Ascendancy * 6. The Future of Southern Congressional Politics * Appendix A: Documentation of Data Sources * Appendix B: Chapter 3 Supplementary Analyses * Appendix C: Chapter 4 Supplementary Tables * References * Index

Editorial Reviews

“Seth McKee’s Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections provides a thorough and lucid account of a crucial component, identified in the book’s title, of the dramatic shift in regional party strength since the 1960s. It casts new light on this fundamental transformation and should be read by anyone who wants a deeper understanding of why and how it took place.”—Gary C. Jacobson, University of California, San Diego “Seth McKee's Republican Ascendancy in Southern U.S. House Elections is a significant contribution to the literature on southern congressional politics. In well-organized and clearly-written chapters, McKee shows how the success of conservative southern Republicans has contributed to their party's failure in recent national elections. An impressively realistic book.”—Earl Black, Rice University, coauthor of Divided America: The Ferocious Power Struggle in American Politics