Groups Agendas as the Root of Party Position Change

Christopher Baylor 1
  • 1 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, Washington, DC
Christopher Baylor


One dimension of party realignment – party position change – has been debated extensively in recent political science literature. This article reviews recent evidence presented to explain position change: candidates, politically active groups, and ideology. Based on historical case studies, I make the case for treating politically active groups as the most important factor in party change. A clear understanding of these factors can help us understand whether recent changes in both parties are harbingers of long term trends.

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