2009
DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1269 View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: Four decades ago, at the height of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, Congress passed and the president signed landmark legislation to ensure voting rights, liberalize and expand immigration, and make higher education more accessible. In 2008, a coalition of minorities and upscale whites formed a coalition to elect Barack Obama to the White House. Although many of the Great Society goals remain elusive, the new Democratic majority assembled by Obama represents the emergence of a Great Society electoral coalition.

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“…This process of generational replacement is potentially significant electorally, as it implies that right-wing parties are fighting against 'the tide of history' on social liberalism -the positioning of the current UK Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in favour of gay marriage would seem to reflect an acceptance of and response to this tendency. If generational replacement produces a more progressive electorate, as has been argued in the United States (Judis and Texiera 2002;Klinkner and Schaller 2008), then there will be a continued pressure on the Conservative Party to either become more progressive or to accept a likely social democratic hegemony. This process is plausibly at the root of any observed linear cohort effect on vote choice and provides a clear alternative to an interpretation in terms of ageing.…”
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“…This process of generational replacement is potentially significant electorally, as it implies that right-wing parties are fighting against 'the tide of history' on social liberalism -the positioning of the current UK Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party in favour of gay marriage would seem to reflect an acceptance of and response to this tendency. If generational replacement produces a more progressive electorate, as has been argued in the United States (Judis and Texiera 2002;Klinkner and Schaller 2008), then there will be a continued pressure on the Conservative Party to either become more progressive or to accept a likely social democratic hegemony. This process is plausibly at the root of any observed linear cohort effect on vote choice and provides a clear alternative to an interpretation in terms of ageing.…”
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