"Electoral Realignments" by David R. Mayhew

Electoral Realignments A Critique of an American Genre David R. Mayhew

Series:
The Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
11 Oct 2004
ISBN:
9780300093650
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
192 pages: 210 x 140mm

Selected by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003


?This is a provocative book that challenges reigning orthodoxy. It should be required reading for all serious observers of American politics.??Darrell M. West, Brown University


?This elegant volume is a profoundly subversive book in an intellectually positive sense, delivering a body blow to a highly influential scholarly literature and preparing the way for more productive inquiry. No student of political parties can ignore it.??Fred Greenstein, Princeton University


?A masterful scholarly critique; but it is also brimming with constructive insights and intriguing hypotheses about American party politics, policy making, and political development. In short, this is vintage Mayhew.??Larry M. Bartels, Princeton University


?Brilliantly uniting history with political science, Mayhew poses fundamental challenges to the received wisdom on American democracy. His penetrating critique of the realignment framework clears the way for fresh and exciting inquiry into the history of elections ... [It] must be read by anyone interested in the deep historical roots of contemporary democratic institutions.??Sidney M. Milkis, University of Virginia


"Mayhew has made a career of writing books that cause other political scientists to slap their foreheads and say ?Of course!?. . . . This book will be an essential part of any discussion about the development of American political parties, and is strongly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."?Choice


"[A] lucidly argued and stimulating book."?Alan Ehrenhalt, New Republic


?Mayhew?s new book should be required reading for any serious student of the American electoral process or American political history. This thoughtful, well-written text has done the heavy lifting and cleared the way for a major shift in how students of American political history explain changing party systems. As such, it is a book that should have a major impact on the study of party politics. . . . Mayhew?s analysis . . .would make an excellent text for research methods courses. . . . This excellent book should be read for both its content and its challenge to the realignment genre, and as an example of careful, rigourous scholarship.??Robert K. Goidel, Perspectives on Political Science


"Mayhew?s work will no doubt spark a spirited debate within a discipline that has long relied on the ideas he so effectively critiques here."?Virginia Quarterly Review


?In Electoral Realignments: A Critique of an American Genre, Mayhew convincingly demonstrates that the geology-inspired classification of American political history into particular eras or party systems, punctuated by tumultuous, ?realigning? elections, is fraught with analytical difficulties. Properties that have been held to characterize critical elections are shared by large number of run-of-the-mill elections as well. Some thirty years after the publication of Congress: The Electoral Connection, David Mayhew has written another indispensable little book.??D. Roderick Kiewiet