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A red shift in US politics?

July 4, 2008

Some US political scientists are talking about the end of a conservative era, a cyclical shift in the partisanship of American voters “which could last at least through 2016, if managed carefully.” In US terms, we might call this a ‘red shift’ away from power.

Any political scientist worth her salt can identify the periods where partisanship shifted in favour of one or other of the major parties. This year the realignment might be particularly favourable to Barack Obama. University of North Carolina political scientist James Stimson says that: (more…)