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By David C. Leege, Kenneth D. Wald, Brian S. Krueger, Paul D. Mueller

How did Republicans be capable to carry the White apartment via a lot of the earlier part century while the Democratic occasion held the hearts of so much American electorate? The authors of this groundbreaking examine argue that they did so via doing what Democrats have additionally excelled at: triggering mental mechanisms that deepen cultural divisions within the different party's coalition, thereby best a lot of its citizens both to decide on the opposing price tag or to stick domestic. The Politics of Cultural changes is the 1st publication to improve and punctiliously attempt a common idea of cultural politics within the usa, one who deals a compelling new viewpoint on America's altering political order and political clash within the post-New Deal interval (1960-1996). David Leege, Kenneth Wald, Brian Krueger, and Paul Mueller stream past present scholarship by means of formulating a concept of crusade concepts that emphasizes cultural clash concerning patriotism, race, gender, and faith. Drawing on nationwide Election experiences facts, they locate that Republican politicians deployed robust symbols (e.g., "tax and spend liberals") to channel distinctive electorate towards the minority occasion. And as partisanship approached parity within the Nineties, Democratic leaders proved as adept at deploying their very own symbols, resembling "a woman's correct to choose," to disassemble the Republican coalition. a mix of subtle idea and complicated empirical instruments, this publication lays naked the cultural dimensions of yankee political existence.

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The high degree of economic concentration, heavy investment in technological develop- Political Mobilization • 33 ment, historic emphasis on scientific management, and cultural belief in education have combined to produce a very large sector of white collar, professional, administrative, and managerial employees. By virtue of their advanced education, social backgrounds, operational creed, and work experience, the members of the professional and managerial sector are substantially less inclined than the rest of the population—or even affluent members of the business elite—to embrace moral traditionalism.

Actually, the use of cultural approbation in campaigns has an even earlier pedigree. ” Four years earlier, Richard Nixon and George Wallace had successfully linked the Democratic party to vivid and unpopular images of demonstrations, riots, and civil unrest. In turn, Nixon and Wallace drew on the ideas and strategies pursued by Barry Goldwater, the Republican nominee of 1964. The strategy of politicizing cultural and group differences did not begin in 1992 but was “a 30-year, sustained Republican drive to portray Democrats as soft on crime, more sympathetic to perpetrators than victims, anti-military, tax raisers, lobbyists for the welfare state and puppets of black and other minority special-interest groups” (Edsall 1998).

In what terms ought a society to calculate the good life? ” These questions lead inescapably to a larger existential dilemma—does anything matter given the reality of the grave? ” With such an expansive view of the political universe, is there anything that is not somehow a matter of culture? Have we subsumed everything under that label? If the concept of cultural politics is to have any analytic value, it is essential to delimit it. We will spell out in the next two chapters our understanding of the politics of cultural differences, but for now it is necessary to indicate the ways in which we envision such politics and how that style of political conflict differs from other forms of competition.

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