Southern Partisan Changes: Dealignment, Realignment or Both?

  title={Southern Partisan Changes: Dealignment, Realignment or Both?},
  author={Harold W. Stanley},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={64 - 88}
  • H. W. Stanley
  • Published 1 February 1988
  • History
  • The Journal of Politics
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