Party Pursuits and The Presidential-House Election Connection, 1900–2008

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Party Pursuits and The Presidential-House Election Connection, 1900–2008

By Jeffrey M. Stonecash

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This study proposes and assesses an alternative explanation of the changes in the relationship between presidential and House of Representatives election results during the last century. Jeffrey M. Stonecash argues that the separation of presidential and House election results that occurred from the 1960s to 1980 was a party-driven process, with both parties seeking to change their electoral base. Republicans sought a more conservative electoral base to counter what they saw as disturbing liberal trends in the nation. Democrats sought to reduce their reliance on the South and its conservativism. Presidential and House election results changed at different rates, creating an appearance that they were unconnected, but they eventually came together. Although many saw these changes in election results as evidence of parties' decline, this study reaffirms their position as central actors in bringing about change.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Political Science -> American Government

Party Pursuits and The Presidential-House Election Connection, 1900–2008
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 12/17/12
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139794388
ISBN 13: 9781139794381
Print ISBN: 9781107029484

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