The Collapse of the Democratic Presidential Majority: Realignment, Dealignment, and Electoral Change from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton

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Contents
List of Tables and Figuresix
Prefacexiii
1 Introduction1
2 The Collapse of the Democratic Presidential Majority11
Realignment: Core Components , 12
Realignment: Applications and Modifications , 17
The Stability of Republican Dominance of Presidential Elections, 23
The Puzzle of Post-1968 Presidential Election Outcomes , 29
3 The Decline of New Deal Economic Cleavage: Social Class and Issue Salience33
Social Class and the Basis of the New Deal Coalition , 33
Composition and Polarization Since 1952 , 37
Foreign Policy As an Emergent Area of Republican Strength, 47
The First Mini-Realignment: Secular and Critical Change, 51
4 Decreasingly Latent Cleavages: Race and the Roosevelt Coalition from 1948 to 197255
Realignment (Largely) Averted: 1948 and the Politics of Race in the 1950s, 56
The Electoral Impact of Racial Politics in the 1960s , 64
Race As a Precursor of the Second Mini-Realignment , 69
5 The Emergence of the Second Mini-Realignment: Ideological Extremity and Democratic Defection77
Ideological Extremity and the Asymmetry of Partisan Defection, 79

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