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In 1969 a prescient Kevin Phillips published The Emerging Republican Majority, predicting the rise of the conservative Republican movement. Now Judis, a senior editor at the New Republic, and Teixeira, a fellow at the Century Foundation and author of The Disappearing American Voter, argue that, if current demographic and political trends continue, a new realignment of political power is inevitable, this time sweeping Democrats to power. In support of their thesis they argue that the electorate is becoming increasingly diverse, with growing Asian, Hispanic and African-American populations-all groups that tend to vote Democratic. On the other hand, the number of white Americans, the voting population most likely to favor Republicans, remains static. Further, according to the authors, America's transition from an industrial to a postindustrial economy is also producing voters who trend strongly Democratic. Judis and Teixeira coin the word "ideopolis" for the geographic areas where the postindustrial economy thrives. They also argue that other changes, specifically the growing educated professional class and the continuing "gender gap," will benefit Democrats, whose political ideology is more consonant with the needs and beliefs of women and professionals. Judis and Teixeira predict that all these elements will converge by 2008, at the latest, when a new Democratic majority will emerge. Wisely, they warn that their predictions are just that, and that events might overtake the trends. But their warning will bring little comfort to Republicans, who will find their well-supported thesis disturbing.
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Kevin Phillip's The Emerging Republican Majority predicted the conservative revolution ushered in during the Reagan 1980s. Judis (William F. Buckley, Jr. and the Paradox of American Democracy) and Teixeira (America's Forgotten Majority: Why the White Working Class Still Matters) present an insightful and plausible case for a resurgent Democratic majority, which he believes will ascend by the end of the decade. The majority will be centrist, rather than leftist, and will be bolstered by African Americans, Hispanic and Asian minorities, women, professional employees, and the white working and middle classes that formerly made up the "Reagan Democrats." This majority's geographic base will be the "ideopolises" large metropolitan areas linked by technology cities and suburbs. The authors conclude that despite the events of September 11, 2001, assumed to have enhanced President Bush's popularity, a Democratic majority is soon to emerge when a presidential candidate synthesizes the aforementioned groups, who share similar Democratic economic and social interests. A thoughtful and well-argued book; recommended for all public libraries. Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA
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i agree with at least one other reviewer in that this book, despite its recent pub date, is painfully outdated. either that, or the authors are engaging in delusional propaganda. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by Common Sense
Below, there is a review of this book titled "ABSOULETELY GRATE !!!!, October 16, 2003." The reviewer pretends to be Democrat, then writes a review full of spelling... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003 by John L. Hulsey
A very recent Pew Center (definitely NOT conservative) study showed that for the first time sice FDR, a majority of Americans do NOT identify themselves as Democrats. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
I am a life long, died in the wool Democrat and I think this book is right on par for the corse. It is a grate look at the tipe of people like me who are died in the wool... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2003
Coming at this time in the election cycle with the Bush adminstration on the defensive about their failing "regime", this book couldn't be more timely. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003
I enjoyed the premise of this book, but as a life long Democrat and political scientist, I found their argument's weak. Read morePublished on July 7 2003
Reading this book makes one realizes that membership in either of the two main American political parties is not so static as many would have us believe. Read morePublished on June 21 2003 by Daniel O'connell
American Politics will progress when it gets beyond the two party system. In international terms both parties are fairly similar in political orientation. Read morePublished on June 19 2003