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Congressional Party Realignment and Transformations of Public Policy in Three Realignment Eras

David Brady and Joseph Stewart, Jr.
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 26, No. 2 (May, 1982), pp. 333-360
DOI: 10.2307/2111043
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111043
Page Count: 28
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Abstract

This study focuses on the relationship between cross-cutting issues, electoral realignments, the U.S. House and public policy changes during the Civil War, 1890's and New Deal realignments. The results show that in each case the policy changes are voted through by a partisan "new" majority party. However, unlike other studies which focus on single realignments, the comparative approach allows us to distinguish important differences between realignments. The major difference is that the Civil War and 1890's realignments were more polarized than was the New Deal realignment, and the extent of party structuring of issue dimensions was greater.

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