The Immutability of Categories and the Reshaping of Southern Politics

  title={The Immutability of Categories and the Reshaping of Southern Politics},
  author={J. Morgan Kousser},
  journal={Annual Review of Political Science},
  • J. M. Kousser
  • Published 5 May 2010
  • History
  • Annual Review of Political Science
How did the no-party, extremely-low-turnout, fragmented political system that V.O. Key, Jr. described in his 1949 book Southern Politics get transformed into the Republican-dominant, average-turnout, highly-organized political structure that propelled Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich into the House Speakership in 1995? After a long series of analytical narratives that focused on racial explanations for the shifts in white voting behavior, several of the most recent works have emphasized class… 
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