By Theodore Rosenof
Theodore Rosenof information how realignment thought emerged because the foremost rationalization of electoral switch and the way, after many years of study, it continues to be an issue of constant impression and controversy. the 1st background of this significant concept, Realignment weaves historical past and political technology right into a compelling examine American elections.
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4His ~ departure from Chicago thus marked not only a disruption in the pattern of an academic career, but also a break in Gosnell’s work as an academic political analyst. Although not yet fifty years old at the end of World War 11, he would remain a prewar figure in the postwar history of the rapidly growing and developing field to which he had so significantly contributed. Gosnell was later characterized by Gabriel A. Almond as “a very shy and gentle soul” who was “quite undervalued” at Chicago.
Chapter Three Evaluators of Transition Among the most significant contemporary analysts of the political changes of the 1930s and 1940s were Arthur N. Holcombe, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Louis Bean, and Harold F. Gosnell. Holcombe’s career antedated the Great Depression in important ways; he was the preeminent proponent of a sectionally based interpretation of American politics in the 1920s. But in the 1930s he gave first importance to the impact of class and urban influences on voting trends as he undertook to assess the altered configurations of politics under the impact of the Great Depression and New Deal.
I6 In his 1950 Our More Perfect Union, Holcombe performed his final balancing act, but with an appropriate post-1948 conclusion. As Samuel Lube11 was shortly to stress in his The Future of American Politics, Holcombe reiterated his view that much of American political history reflected periods of domination by one major party or the other. ” But now he had his answer. ”I7 Arthur M. Schlesinger was born in Xenia, Ohio, in 1888, and attended Ohio State University, graduating in 1910. He pursued graduate work at Columbia University where Charles Beard influenced him as to the relations between economics and politics.
Realignment: The Theory that Changed the Way We Think about American Politics by Theodore Rosenof