Counter Realignment: Political Change in the Northeastern United States

Counter Realignment: Political Change in the Northeastern United States

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Howard L. Reiter
Cambridge University Press, 3/31/2011
EAN 9780521186810, ISBN10: 0521186811

Paperback, 208 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

In Counter Realignment, Howard L. Reiter and Jeffrey M. Stonecash analyze data from the early 1900s to the early 2000s to explain how the Republican Party lost the northeastern United States as a region of electoral support. Although the story of how the 'Solid South' shifted from the Democratic to the Republican parties has received extensive consideration from political scientists, far less attention has been given to the erosion of support for Republicans in the Northeast. Reiter and Stonecash examine who the Republican Party lost as it repositioned itself, resulting in the shift of power in the Northeast from heavily Republican in 1900 to heavily Democratic in the 2000s.

1. Party strategies and transition in the Northeast
2. Party pursuits and the sources of change
3. The first Republican losses
Democratic gains in the 1930s
4. Searching for a majority
the rise of conservatives and second Republican losses
5. Interpreting the Goldwater election and pursuing the South
6. Social change, party response, and further Republican losses
7. National parties and the position of the Northeast
8. The process of change and the future.