By all accounts, 1994 represents sweeping electoral and policy change rarely seen in any American election, let alone a midterm. This book puts 1994 in context with other significant midterm elections, from 1810 to the present. It also captures the very contemporary concerns unique to 1994: the role of the religious right, the "angry white male," the Contract with America, and the overall tenor of antipathy as voters turned out (or not) to show the Clinton administration what they thought of its first two years. This collection of original esays by noted political scientists gives us the first thoughtful analysis of the 1994 election results and prepares us to anticipate the certain drama and import of the election of 1996.
Forthcoming Titles -- Foreword -- The 1994 House Elections in Perspective -- Eight More in ’94: The Republican Takeover of the Senate -- “Permanent Minority” No More: House Republicans in 1994 -- Court and Country in American Politics: The Democratic Party and the 1994 Election -- Money in the 1994 Elections and Beyond -- The 1994 Electoral Aftershock: Dealignment or Realignment in the South -- The Politics of Pragmatism: The Christian Right and the 1994 Elections -- In Search of the Angry White Male: Gender, Race, and Issues in the 1994 Elections -- Re-exploring the Weak-Challenger Hypothesis: The 1994 Candidate Pools -- Innovative Midterm Elections