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Paths Out of DixieThe Democratization of Authoritarian Enclaves in America's Deep South, 1944-1972$
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Robert Mickey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133386

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133386.001.0001

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Deep South Enclaves on the Eve of the Transition

Deep South Enclaves on the Eve of the Transition

(p.64) Chapter Three Deep South Enclaves on the Eve of the Transition
Paths Out of Dixie

Robert Mickey

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines four important features of Deep South authoritarian enclaves on the eve of the transition: their political geography, centralization of political authority, party factionalism, and latent strength of their indigenous opponents. A review of these and other characteristics of these polities suggests that modernization cannot fully explain the variation in Deep South democratization experiences. The chapter considers a causal account emphasizing the importance of regime defenders, opponents, and the institutional topography on which they battled one another. It compares the degree to which authority was centralized in South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia and highlights the factionalism within Democratic parties. It concludes with a discussion of black protest capacity on the eve of the transition.

Keywords:   authoritarian enclaves, political geography, political authority, party factionalism, Deep South, democratization, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, black protest

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