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The Brittle Mandate: Electoral Dealignment and the 1980 Presidential Election
Everett Carll Ladd examines the behavior of the U.S. electorate in the 1980 presidential election within the context of the long-standing argument over whether party "realignment" is occurring. He concludes that it is not realignment but the continued progress of "dealignment" that gives the 1980 election its distinctive cast.

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