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The Unsolid South$
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Devin Caughey

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181806

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181806.001.0001

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The One-Party South

The One-Party South

An Analytic Framework

(p.17) Chapter 2 The One-Party South
The Unsolid South

Devin Caughey

Princeton University Press

This chapter develops a theory of electoral politics and representation in the one-party South, conceptualized as an exclusionary one-party enclave. It begins with a stylized description of the logic of electoral democracy and how it induces government to represent its citizens. Here, democracy is defined as a system for collective decision making that treats all participants as political equals. Next, the chapter considers the role of political parties, especially partisan competition, in democratic theory and practice. Having developed this framework with respect to democratic regimes, this chapter then proposes a modified version of it to describe electoral politics in the one-party South. It focuses on three important factors distinguishing the South from democratic regimes: its political exclusion of many citizens, its lack of partisan competition, and its status as a subnational enclave embedded in a national democratic regime. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the empirical implications of this theoretical framework and what we can learn through examination of the one-party South.

Keywords:   electoral politics, representation, electoral democracy, political parties, democratic regimes, political exclusion, partisan competition

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