Earthquakes and Aftershocks: Race, Direct Democracy, and Partisan Change

@article{Bowler2006EarthquakesAA,
  title={Earthquakes and Aftershocks: Race, Direct Democracy, and Partisan Change},
  author={Shaun Bowler and Stephen P. Nicholson and Gary M. Segura},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={50},
  pages={146-159}
}
Although dramatic partisan change among the electorate is infrequent, the issue agendas of parties may produce large shifts. A major cause of such change is the politics of race. In a political environment charged with racially oriented issues, racial groups often align themselves with different parties (as witnessed most recently in the American South). Yet, if racial appeals violate norms of equality, these appeals may rebound on the party using them. Consequently, members of the (white… 

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