We would like to thank Chris Achen, Jake Bowers, Vincent Hutchings, Orit Kedar, Don Kinder, John R. Petrocik, and the anonymous reviewers for valuable feedback.
Old Times There Are Not Forgotten: Race and Partisan Realignment in the Contemporary South
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 672–688, July 2005
How to Cite
Valentino, N. A. and Sears, D. O. (2005), Old Times There Are Not Forgotten: Race and Partisan Realignment in the Contemporary South. American Journal of Political Science, 49: 672–688. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2005.00136.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
Our focus is the regional political realignment that has occurred among whites over the past four decades. We hypothesize that the South's shift to the Republican party has been driven to a significant degree by racial conservatism in addition to a harmonizing of partisanship with general ideological conservatism. General Social Survey and National Election Studies data from the 1970s to the present indicate that whites residing in the old Confederacy continue to display more racial antagonism and ideological conservatism than non-Southern whites. Racial conservatism has become linked more closely to presidential voting and party identification over time in the white South, while its impact has remained constant elsewhere. This stronger association between racial antagonism and partisanship in the South compared to other regions cannot be explained by regional differences in nonracial ideology or nonracial policy preferences, or by the effects of those variables on partisanship.