The State of Disunion (häftad)
Format
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
240
Utgivningsdatum
2008-05-01
Förlag
Johns Hopkins University Press
Illustrationer
10 Maps; 13 Graphs
Dimensioner
226 x 155 x 15 mm
Vikt
331 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISBN
9780801888168
The State of Disunion (häftad)

The State of Disunion

Regional Sources of Modern American Partisanship

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Why are some eras of American politics characterized by broad, bipartisan harmony and others by rancorous partisanship? In The State of Disunion, Nicole Mellow argues that these oscillations are a product of how the two major parties respond, or fail to respond, to the demands of regional constituents. While scholars have long believed that in the twentieth century the nation supplanted regions as the engine of American politics, Mellow uncovers a contrary dynamic. She shows the ways that the clashes and confluences of regional interests reconstruct the nation. By giving regions pride of place, The State of Disunion offers a compelling explanation of how America went from the consensus of the early post-World War II decades to a fractured, "red versus blue" country at the close of the twentieth century. According to Mellow, regions remain a vital consideration in electoral battles because they fuse material and ideological expectations of voters. This wide-ranging analysis of congressional battles over trade, welfare, and abortion since the 1960s demonstrates how regional economic, racial, and cultural divisions have configured national party building and today's legislative conflicts and how these divisions will continue to shape American politics for years to come. The State of Disunion broadens social scientists' understanding of American politics by displaying the conceptual insights of political geography combined with the rich tapestry of political history. Mellow offers a new way to comprehend the meaning and significance of American partisanship for our time and for the future.
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Mellow gives a valuable account of the political economy of the shift, linking regional differences in congressional votes on trade, welfare, and abortion to changes in regional political economy, particularly the move of industry from the North and Pacific to the South and interior West. Choice 2008 A solid study of how region affects partisanship in contemporary America. -- Gregory L. Schneider Annals of Iowa 2009 Mellow's work offers important insights into the development of the American party system and will help us understand its future. We should keep her thesis in mind. -- Andrew Reeves Political Science Quarterly 2010

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Nicole Mellow is an assistant professor of political science at Williams College.

Innehållsförteckning

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Recasting Region 2. Regime Change: From the New Deal to the Republican Revolution 3. Sun Belt Rising: Globalization and Regional Changes on Trade Policy 4. Change Comes to the Cotton Belt: Race, Region, and the Politics of Welfare Policy 5. The Political Resurrection of The Bible Belt: Religion, Modernization, and the Intensification of Abortion Politics 6. A House Divided: The Geography of Parties and Conflict Appendix A: Research Method and Case Selection Appendix B: Congressional Vote Analysis Notes Index