Presidential Partisanship Reconsidered: Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and the Rise of Polarized Politics

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Abstract

Extant research has given little consideration to the conditions under which presidential partisan behavior might vary. This has undermined comparative analyses and obscured important partisan behaviors in earlier periods simply because they took unfamiliar forms. This article develops theoretical expectations to aid in the detection of different varieties of presidential partisanship. Illustrative case studies then examine one type-sub-rosa partisanship-observed in the Eisenhower, Nixon, and Ford presidencies. Though not overt partisan displays like those that are common today, their efforts to build southern party organizations made important contributions to American political development and to evolving modes of presidential partisanship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)46-60
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Research Quarterly
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • party organization
  • polarization
  • presidential partisanship
  • southern GOP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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