The democratic class struggle in the United States, 1948-1992

M. Hout, C. Brooks, J. Manza

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The authors present evidence of a historic realignment in the relationship between class and voting behavior in US presidential elections in the post-war period. The authors introduce a distinction between "traditional' class voting and "total' class voting. Neither shows a decline in the post-war era. The realignment occurred since 1968. Stronger support for Republicans among the self-employed and among managers has more than offset the shift of professionals and nonmanagerial white-collar workers to the Democrats. Skilled blue-collar workers have become volatile, moving away from their historic support for the Democratic Party without firmly attaching themselves to the Republican Party. Significant class differences in voter turnout also contribute to the total association between class and voting outcomes. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-828
Number of pages24
JournalAmerican sociological review
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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