"The Changing Alignments of American Politics": Review Book Review by scribbler

An analysis of the changing alignments of American politics as described in Mark Brewer and Jeffrey Stonecash's "The Dynamics of American Political Parties".
# 151823 | 1,287 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2012 in History (U.S. After 1865) , Literature (General)


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This paper examines how in their book "The Dynamics of American Political Parties", authors Mark Brewer and Jeffrey Stonecash outline two dominant theories and explanations for the transitions seen in American politics, and the realignment of the overall voting populous behind one party or the other. The paper also provides examples and looks at how the book describes the rapid realignment that occurs in times of crisis, known as critical realignment and asserted by many scholars, to be the only real source of change in American political alignment, with realignment instances punctuating otherwise stable values and loyalties.

Outline:
Introduction
Post-Bellum Politics
Democrats and the Depression
World War II and the Emergence of the Modern Political Scheme
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Brewer and Stonecash note that in the period following the Civil War, after a decade of Reconstruction had somewhat stabilized the political conditions in the country, competition between the two political parties was especially fierce and essentially even on the national level, even though most states in the union had clear leanings towards one or the other of the parties (34). This is an interesting scenario within the framework of critical and secular realignment; there is a suggestion that established loyalties remained firm in many states during this period, but were in a state of flux for almost two decades in several states, making the situation and election outcomes uncertain (34-5). The crisis event of the Civil War, it could be argued, had possibly altered but certainly solidified a great deal of political opinion and alignment (showing critical realignment), while other were less certain and changed political alignment at a slower pace (evincing secular realignment)."

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