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Southern Democrats - Nicol C. Rae

Southern Democrats

Paperback Published: 12th May 1994
ISBN: 9780195087093
Number Of Pages: 224

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From the election of Jimmy Carter to the wide defection of Democrats in the South to the Republican ticket in the Reagan/Bush years, Southern Democrats have played a crucial role in recent American national politics. With the 1992 election of President Clinton, they once again occupy a place at the center of the American political stage. A timely examination of this important phenomenon in American politics, Southern Democrats traces the history of this influential regional faction and gauges the extent and nature of Southern Democratic influence in congressional and presidential politics today.
Nicol Rae argues that the Southern Democrats remain a distinctive faction despite the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which initiated the end of the social and economic system that had previously bound them together. The only surviving political faction based on regional--rather than ideological--concerns, they have nevertheless evolved from being a deviant element within the party to coming closer to the national Democratic norm which is most apparent in civil rights issues.
Drawing on interviews with many southern politicians and memoirs and accounts of past campaigns, Rae deals with the success of Southern Democrat and Democratic Leadership Council leader Bill Clinton in winning the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination, and reveals the changing role of Southern Democrats in internal party politics and national elections. He concludes with an overall assessment of the present and future state of this important southern wing of the Democratic party.

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"Nicol Rae's incisive analysis of the southern faction in the Democratic party demonstrates that a political scientist can write for a general audience with clarity and a sound historical perspective. Rae's study is a significant contribution to the literature on southern politics in the twentieth century....A worthwhile addition to syllabi for courses in American politics and recent United States history."--The Journal of Southern History "With Southern Democrats, Nicol Rae continues his effort to reinvigorate the study of political factions, as intellectual focus and as a central element in American politics. The Southern Democrats have long been the effective fulcrum of much American politicking; Southern Democrats is essential reading for those who believe in having politics in their political science."--Byron E. Shafer, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, Oxford "Nicol Rae has written a thorough, penetrating analysis of this fascinating faction of the Democratic party, a study that is sensitive to all the nuances present in national and Southern politics. The extensive quotations from Rae's interviews with scores of prominent Southern Democratic politicians are gems!"--Alexander Lamis, Case Western Reserve University "Southern Democrats is a useful introduction to one of the perennial enigmas of national politics....[Rae] is to be commended for directing our attention to the structure of American political parties, especially how they frame issues and how we select candidates."--Georgia Historical Quarterly "...Rae's interpretation is reliable and orthodox."--American Politics Review "Nicol Rae's incisive analysis of the southern faction in the Democratic party demonstrates that a political scientist can write for a general audience with clarity and a sound historical perspective. Rae's study is a significant contribution to the literature on southern politics in the twentieth century....A worthwhile addition to syllabi for courses in American politics and recent United States history."--The Journal of Southern History "With Southern Democrats, Nicol Rae continues his effort to reinvigorate the study of political factions, as intellectual focus and as a central element in American politics. The Southern Democrats have long been the effective fulcrum of much American politicking; Southern Democrats is essential reading for those who believe in having politics in their political science."--Byron E. Shafer, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of American Government, Nuffield College, Oxford "Nicol Rae has written a thorough, penetrating analysis of this fascinating faction of the Democratic party, a study that is sensitive to all the nuances present in national and Southern politics. The extensive quotations from Rae's interviews with scores of prominent Southern Democratic politicians are gems!"--Alexander Lamis, Case Western Reserve University "Southern Democrats is a useful introduction to one of the perennial enigmas of national politics....[Rae] is to be commended for directing our attention to the structure of American political parties, especially how they frame issues and how we select candidates."--Georgia Historical Quarterly "...Rae's interpretation is reliable and orthodox."--American Politics Review

List of Tablesp. XV
Introductionp. 3
The South and American Party Factionalismp. 6
Factions and Factionalismp. 6
American Party Factionalism Before the New Dealp. 9
The New Deal, a Period of Transitionp. 12
American Party Factionalism After the New Dealp. 15
The Republicans: Conservative Dominancep. 17
Democratic Party Factionalism in the 1990s: A Complex Patternp. 20
Implicationsp. 24
The Old Southern Democracy and Its Erosion, 1876 to 1965p. 27
Politics in the Antebellum South: Honor and Slaveryp. 28
Reconstruction and Restoration: The Forging of the Solid South, 1860 to 1896p. 30
The Solid South at High Tide, 1896 to 1948p. 33
The Civil Rights Movement and the Disintegration of the One-Party South, 1948 to 1965p. 40
The Democrats' Presidential Weakness in the South, 1968 to 1988p. 46
The Years of Realignment, 1968 and 1972p. 47
Analysis of a Realignmentp. 49
The South and the Democrats' Presidential Nominating Process Since 1968p. 52
Jimmy Carter, the Exceptional Casep. 55
The Super Tuesday Debacle in 1988p. 58
Conclusion: Waiting for Recession?p. 63
Southern Democrats in the U.S. Congressp. 65
The Housep. 66
The Rise and Fall of the "Old South" in the Housep. 66
Why Are They Still Democrats?p. 68
Issues and Ideologyp. 73
Southern Democrats and the House Democratic Partyp. 79
Regional Identity and Organizationp. 88
Souther House Democrats and the National Partyp. 92
Summaryp. 96
The Senatep. 96
The "Solid South" in the U.S. Senatep. 96
A New Senate: Ideology and Partisanshipp. 99
Senate Southern Democrats in the 1990sp. 103
Summaryp. 109
The Conservative Counterattack: The Democratic Leadership Councilp. 111
The First Phase of the DLCp. 113
The DLC's Infrastructurep. 117
The DLC's Mission and Policiesp. 117
The DLC at the Outset of the 1992 Campaignp. 120
Conclusion: The Absent Centerp. 124
The 1992 Election: The South Recaptures the Democratic Party and the White Housep. 128
A Big Fish in a Small Pond: The Democratic Field in 1992p. 129
The Democratic Primary Campaignp. 134
Bill Clinton's Democratic Party: The 1992 Democratic Convention and Perot Mark Ip. 142
Perot Mark II and the Fall Campaignp. 144
The Election Result and the New Democratic Administrationp. 146
Conclusionp. 149
Conclusion: The Future of the Southern Democrats and American Party Factionalism in the 1990sp. 151
Southern Democrats and the Clinton Presidencyp. 151
A New Factional Pattern?p. 157
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780195087093
ISBN-10: 0195087097
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 12th May 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.85 x 14.1  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.26

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