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Author Abramowitz, Alan, author

Title The great alignment : race, party transformation, and the rise of Donald Trump / Alan I. Abramowitz
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 196 pages) : illustrations
Contents A new age of partisanship -- The decline of the New Deal coalition, 1952-1988 -- From dealignment to alignment -- The changing political geography of the United States -- The new American electorate -- White racial resentment and the rise of Donald Trump -- Negative partisanship and the triumph of Trump
Summary "Alan I. Abramowitz has emerged as a leading spokesman for the view that our current political divide is not confined to a small group of elites and activists but a key feature of the American social and cultural landscape. The polarization of the political and media elites, he argues, arose and persists because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Here, he goes further: the polarization is unique in modern U.S. history. Today's party divide reflects an unprecedented alignment of many different divides: racial and ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic. Abramowitz shows how the partisan alignment arose out of the breakup of the old New Deal coalition; introduces the most important difference between our current era and past eras, the rise of 'negative partisanship'; explains how this phenomenon paved the way for the Trump presidency; and examines why our polarization could even grow deeper. This statistically based analysis shows that racial anxiety is by far a better predictor of support for Donald Trump than any other factor, including economic discontent."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-188) and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (EbscoHost platform, viewed February 1, 2019)
Subject Trump, Donald, 1946-
Trump, Donald, 1946-
Divided government -- United States
Identity politics -- United States
Polarization (Social sciences) -- United States
Political culture -- United States
Political parties -- United States
Divided government.
Identity politics.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
Polarization (Social sciences)
Political culture.
Political parties.
Politics and government.
Race relations.
Social conditions.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
United States -- Race relations
United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300235127 (electronic bk.)
9780300235128 (electronic bk.)
(hc ; alk. paper)
(hc ; alk. paper)