Red Fighting Blue

Red Fighting Blue

How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics

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"The national electoral map has split into warring regional bastions of Republican red and Democratic blue, producing a deep and enduring partisan divide in American politics. In Red Fighting Blue, David A. Hopkins places the current partisan and electoral era in historical context, explains how the increased salience of social issues since the 1980s has redefined the parties' geographic bases of support, and reveals the critical role that American political institutions play in intermediating between the behavior of citizens and the outcome of public policy-making. The widening geographic gap in voters' partisan preferences, as magnified further by winner-take-all electoral rules, has rendered most of the nation safe territory for either Democratic or Republican candidates in both presidential and congressional elections - with significant consequences for party competition, candidate strategy, and the operation of government"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ;, New York, NY, USA :, Cambridge University Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781107191617
1107191610
9781316642146
1316642143
Characteristics: xii, 244 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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