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Donkey work: redefining the Democratic Party in an 'age of conservatism,' 1972-1984

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This thesis argues that much of the political historiography is mistaken in portraying the post-1960s United States as a nation moving inexorably to the right. It also argues that historians should not understand the Democratic Party as being in terminal decline between 1972 and 1984, marginalised by a coalescing conservative Republican majority.

Indeed, taking as its focus the U.S. Congress, this thesis asks why the remarkable resilience of the congressional Democratic Party has be...

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St. Anne's College
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St. Anne's College
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Supervisor, Author
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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