Diverging Parties: Social Change, Realignment, and Party Polarization

  title={Diverging Parties: Social Change, Realignment, and Party Polarization},
  author={Jeffrey M. Stonecash and Mark D. Brewer and Mack D. Mariani},
Party polarization in the House of Representatives has increased in recent decades. Explaining this development has been difficult, given current interpretations of American elections. The dominant framework for interpreting elections has been to see them as candidate-centered, or individualistic. This framework may have seemed appropriate as a way to see elections during the 1970s and 1980s, when identification with parties declined and split-ticket voting increased. With increasing party… Expand
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