Dealignments, Brittle Mandates, and Partisan Polarization


2013 · 276 pages
ISBN13: 978-1-884853-08-1
ISBN10: 1-884853-08-0

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The purpose of this book is to put together in one place articles that were written by America’s preeminent scholars of presidential elections and published in Political Science Quarterly analyzing the last nine presidential elections, 1980 to 2012. Each of these articles was commissioned by this editor to be written and published in the Spring PSQ that followed the fall election. The authors did not have benefits or disadvantages of hindsight but were based on large reservoirs of new data that these political scientists developed, analyzed, and reported. They are most definitely not opinion pieces.

The book should have many uses: First, a large portion of the population has no adult recollection of all these elections, especially the earlier ones. Each article contains much data and insightful analysis of the election it covers and is a major, non-partisan reference for that election if that is all that a reader needs. Second, all the articles together or some subsets can provide material for a masterful overarching analysis of a major period in American political history, either in print or in the classroom. Third, the book is being published only electronically. We hope that this electronic book will reach a wider audience and reach it faster and at lower cost than if we had waited to put it into print. It also allows searching through the entire book electronically and displays figures in color if provided by the author, something that is prohibitively expensive to do in print. Political Science Quarterly itself has, of course, been available in electronic as well as printed form since 2001.


Nine Presidential Elections: Overview
Demetrios James Caraley

The Brittle Mandate: Electoral Dealignment and the 1980 Presidential Election
Everett C. Ladd

On Mandates, Realignments, and the 1984 Presidential Election
Everett C. Ladd

The 1988 Elections: Continuation of the Post-New Deal System
Everett C. Ladd

The 1992 Vote for President Clinton: Another Brittle Mandate?
Everett C. Ladd

1996 Vote: The “No Majority” Realignment Continues
Everett C. Ladd

The 2000 Presidential Election: Why the Democrats Lost
Gerald M. Pomper

The 2000 Election and Why Americans Need a Constitutional Right to Vote for Presidential Electors
Demetrios James Caraley

The 2004 Presidential Election: The Emergence of a Permanent Majority?
Paul R. Abramson
John H. Aldrich
David W. Rohde

The 2008 Presidential and Congressional Elections: Anti-Bush Referendum and Prospects for the Democratic Majority
Gary C. Jacobson

How the Economy and Partisanship Shaped the 2012 Presidential and Congressional Elections
Gary C. Jacobson


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