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Why Parties Matter: Political Competition and Democracy in the American South

John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin

Abstract

Since the founding of the American Republic, the North and South have followed remarkably different paths of political development. Among the factors that have led to their divergence throughout much of history are differences in the levels of competition among the political parties. While the North has generally enjoyed a well-defined two-party system, the South has tended to have only weakly developed political parties—and at times no system of parties to speak of. With Why Parties Matter, John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin make a compelling case that competition between political parties i ... More

Keywords: parties, south, representation, competition, democracy, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226495231
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226495408.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John H. Aldrich, author
Duke University

John D. Griffin, author
University of Colorado, Boulder