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  • Politics
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • U.S. Presidency
  • U.S. Political Parties
  • American Values
  • Political Analysis
  • See White's faculty page (see link above) for his extensive list of publications.

    In the Media


    • Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era

      Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era

      The shifting demographic sands that led to President Obama's election, and the "politics of discomfort" that have arisen (on the right and the left) in America's transformation from a predominately white country into a multicultural body politic with elastic cultural and social mores. Using polls, census data, popular media and political anecdotes, White describes a "new" society, in which interracial marriage, divorce, single motherhood and cohabitation are no longer taboo, in which gay rights gain ground and people attend church more for entertainment and community than for religion.

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    • What Happened to the Republican Party?

      The Grand Old Party�once moderate and even magnanimous�has fallen into a prison of its own making when it comes to presidential politics. Republicans may be having a heyday in the Congress but their prospects for the 2016 presidential election aren�t great�and won�t improve unless and until they break out of their intellectual and ideological straightjackets and start speaking to where the American public lives: geographically, culturally, and politically.

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    • Party On

      Party On

      From Democrats to Republicans, from the Green Party to the Tea Party, American parties and their politics are continuously adapting, renewing, and evolving to meet the challenges of the times. Party On!: Political Parties from Hamilton and Jefferson to Today's Networked Age captures these nuances with a cohesive theme, hard data, and a spotlight on new media that includes "Parties in a Networked Age" theme boxes.

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