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The hand of the past in contemporary southern politics [electronic resource] /
James M. Glaser.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
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xiii, 218 p.
ISBN
0300106564 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2005.
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0300106564 (cloth : alk. paper)
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8841370
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-207) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-12-01:
In his second book on congressional politics in the contemporary South, Glaser (Tufts Univ.) again shows a masterful use of direct observation in highlighting the ongoing distinctiveness of the region's politics. Effective use of direct observation in political science requires an eye for telling details of political behavior, a descriptive style that brings those details to life, and an ability to pull those threads into a coherent analysis. Glaser's work exhibits all those elements as he immerses himself in five open-seat congressional races across the South in 1996 and 1998. At the end of each descriptive chapter, Glaser develops a concluding analysis that places that campaign in the context of the modern South. Glaser argues that in the midst of tremendous political and social change, many vestiges of the politics of the past--populism, racial tensions, localism, personalism, and distinctive electoral structures--underlay and shape contemporary dynamics in the South, even in districts where Republicans have shown great success. Today's successful southern politicians employ campaign techniques that legitimately recognize these "old" South traits but also employ the new media in doing so. While Glaser contends that Democrats can succeed in the region when they employ this old/new mix, postscripts show that redistricting and continued demographic change makes the South increasingly tough sailing for Democrats at the congressional level. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. J. Barth Hendrix College
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"Highly insightful, scrupulously fair, and clearly written. The author�s careful observations and keen analyses of southern politicians in action give a genuine feel for the give and take of five interesting campaigns."�Earl Black, co-author, The Rise of Southern Republicans
"Highly insightful, scrupulously fair, and clearly written. The author's careful observations and keen analyses of southern politicians in action give a genuine feel for the give and take of five interesting campaigns."Earl Black, co-author,The Rise of Southern Republicans "Few political scientists are equipped by talent and interest to follow candidates as they actually campaign, and Glaser is the best of a younger generation of political scientists who engage in this type of research. A valuable addition to the literature on congressional elections, campaigns, and southern politics."Earl Black, co-author ofThe Rise of Southern Republicans
"Highly insightful, scrupulously fair, and clearly written. The author's careful observations and keen analyses of southern politicians in action give a genuine feel for the give and take of five interesting campaigns."Earl Black, coauthor, The Rise of Southern Republicans
"Highly insightful, scrupulously fair, and clearly written. The author's careful observations and keen analyses of southern politicians in action give a genuine feel for the give and take of five interesting campaigns."Earl Black, co-author, The Rise of Southern Republicans
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According to Glaser, the recent emergence of a Republican rather than a Democrat majority in the congressional delegation of the Southern States, belies strong traditions of continuity that in reality influence the practice of campaign politics in the South.
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A central story of contemporary southern politics is the shift toward Republican majorities, yet strands of continuity affect the practice of campaign politics in important ways, argues James Glaser in this book. He offers eyewitness accounts of recent congressional elections, highlighting the color, drama, and psychology of the campaigns.
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A central story of contemporary southern politics is the emergence of Republican majorities in the region's congressional delegation. Acknowledging the significance and scope of the political change, James M. Glaser argues that, nevertheless, strands of continuity affect the practice of campaign politics in important ways. Strong southern tradition underlies the strategies pursued by the candidates, their presentational styles, and the psychology of their campaigns. The author offers eyewitness accounts of recent congressional campaigns in Texas, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In the tradition of his award-winning book Race, Campaign Politics, and the Realignment in the South ,Glaser captures the "stuff" of politicsthe characters, the images, the rhetoric, and the scenery. Painting a full and fascinating picture of what it is like on the campaign trail, Glaser provides wide-ranging insights into the ways that the "hand of the past" reaches into the southern present.
Table of Contents
Introduction : the morphing of Southern electoral politicsp. 1
Seeing redp. 14
Give them he--p. 49
The slow talkerp. 88
Polis, polisp. 121
Krispy Kremedp. 151
Conclusion : partisan change and political continuity in the Southp. 151
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