Now in its seventh edition, The New Politics of the Old South is the best and most comprehensive analysis and history of political behaviors and shifting demographics in America’s southern states. Edited by leading scholars Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell, this book has been updated through the 2020 elections to provide the most accurate and useful snapshot of the state of southern politics, and the ways in which they have developed over time. The southern electorate is a fascinating, dynamic body politic, and the study of its evolution is paramount to understanding the broader political developments occurring at a national level. While accessible to any interested reader, this edition illuminates the South’s essential and growing role in the study, and the story, of American politics.
This new edition addresses the change in the organization of the states chapters from “Deep South” and “Rim South” to instead “growth states” and “stagnant states," and focuses on how the main divisions among the southern states now impacting their politics are economic and population growth.
Charles S. Bullock, III is Richard B. Russell Professor of Political Science and Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia.
Mark J. Rozell is the founding dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Introduction: The South Realigns to the GOP: Charles S. Bullock III
Growth versus Stagnation and a New Alignment: Charles S. Bullock III
African-Americans’ Role in the Politics of the South: Charles S. Bullock III and Mark J. Rozell
Part 1: The Growth States
4.Virginia: Mark J. Rozell
5.Georgia: Charles S. Bullock III
6.North Carolina: J. Michael Bitzer and Charles Prysby
7.Florida: Bruce Anderson, Zachary Baumann, and Matthew Geras
8.Texas: M.V. Hood and Seth McKee
9. South Carolina:Scott E. Buchanan
Part 2: The Stagnant States
10.Louisiana: Michael B. Henderson,Wayne Parent and Huey Perry
11.Mississippi: Stephen D. Shaffer and David Breaux
12.Tennessee: Michael Nelson