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The Partisan Sort: How Liberals Became Democrats and Conservatives Became Republicans

Matthew Levendusky


As Washington elites drifted toward ideological poles over the past few decades, did ordinary Americans follow their lead? This book reveals that Americans have responded to this trend, but not, for the most part, by becoming more extreme themselves. While polarization has filtered down to a small minority of voters, it also has had the more significant effect of reconfiguring the way Americans sort themselves into political parties. In a marked realignment since the 1970s — when partisan affiliation did not depend on ideology and both major parties had strong liberal and conservative factions ... More

Keywords: politics, liberals, Democrats, conservatives, Republicans, partisanship, ideology, political parties, sorting, voters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226473642
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226473673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Levendusky, author