Political Tendencies in Louisiana

Political Tendencies in Louisiana

Political Tendencies in Louisiana

Political Tendencies in Louisiana

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The comparative method has been used to seek understanding of the nature of society. Information derived from intranational contrasts must be considered useful in particular because data comparability both within and across time periods may be assumed to be enhanced. Furthermore, under such conditions, certain variables may be held constant while examining others. Heinz Eulau in pleading the case for the comparative study of government has said: "There are enough units in the American political system to keep a whole generation of scholars busier than bees in perfecting comparative analysis." The present work may be seen as an example of how potential, untapped resources on the state level may be released for the study of electoral continuity and change.

The particular methodology which will be used here to study Louisiana politics is called "political ecology," and it may be said that in such an area, which touches upon historical sources, ecological data are indispensable. For it is possible to apply to ecological units both the logic of panel and multivariate analysis, to explore the impact of historical events upon communities, counties (or parishes), states, or other such units of different predispositions, and at the same time to take into account their social structure, The research on contem-

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