First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Alexia PappalardoFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Gary Rose

Location

Panel E: UC 105

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:15 PM

Abstract

The most prevalent theme in American politics is change. The nation’s unceasing inclination toward change shapes electoral behavior during a subsequent election, constantly evolving American foreign policy, prominent social issues, and economic advancement. The nation’s historical bipartisan system has facilitated electoral shifts that have been consequently defined as critical elections, or political realignments. These critical elections realigned the electorate from one party’s platform with inherent values, policies, and social positions, to another that felt progressively applicable for both the social and economic climate of the time. This research explores the various political alignments throughout our nation's history, and how those realignments shaped both the values of the electorate and the American political system to date.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

College and Major available

Government and Politics

Keywords

United States, Politics and government, American politics, Political realignments

Document Type

Essay

Comments

This essay was written for the course PO 400 Senior Thesis as part of the requirement for the Major in Political Science at Sacred Heart University.

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Apr 21st, 2:00 PM Apr 21st, 3:15 PM

Political Realignments: How America Evolves

Panel E: UC 105

The most prevalent theme in American politics is change. The nation’s unceasing inclination toward change shapes electoral behavior during a subsequent election, constantly evolving American foreign policy, prominent social issues, and economic advancement. The nation’s historical bipartisan system has facilitated electoral shifts that have been consequently defined as critical elections, or political realignments. These critical elections realigned the electorate from one party’s platform with inherent values, policies, and social positions, to another that felt progressively applicable for both the social and economic climate of the time. This research explores the various political alignments throughout our nation's history, and how those realignments shaped both the values of the electorate and the American political system to date.

 

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