Realignment: The Theory that Changed the Way We Think About American Politics tells the dramatic story of how a new approach to American politics emerged in the afternmath of Harry Truman's stunning 1948 election upset victory. This approach-realignment theory-held that critical elections such as those of the Civil War era, the 1890's, and the 1930's shaped politics for decades to come. Theodore Rosenof details how realignment theory emerged as the predominant explanation of electoral change and how, after decades of analysis, it remains a subject of continuing influence and controversy. The first history of this important theory, Realignment weaves history and political science into a compelling look at American elections.
Theodore Rosenof is professor of history at Mercy College and the author of several books on political and economic history.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Study of Behavior Chapter 4 Discerning Patterns Chapter 5 Evaluators of Transition Chapter 6 The Breakthrough of Samuel Lubell Chapter 7 The Advent of V. O. Key Chapter 8 Origins of the Michigan School Chapter 9 The Crystallization of Theory Chapter 10 Assessing Coalitions Chapter 11 Weighing Upheaval Chapter 12 Prophets of Transformation Chapter 13 The Onset of Revision Chapter 14 Grappling with Incongruity Chapter 15 Divergent Scenarios Chapter 16 Realignment in Retrospect Chapter 17 Coda: The Future of Realignment Theory Chapter 18 Notes