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Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats

Matt Grossman and David A. Hopkins


The Democratic Party is a coalition of social groups that act as discrete voting blocs for candidates, constituencies for group leaders, and demanders of particular policy commitments. Since the 1960s, the evolution in the relative internal influence of Democratic Party constituencies has reduced the size of the party’s conservative wing and expanded its policy agenda—but no organized liberal movement has emerged to dominate its internal organization or succeed in shifting its policies toward leftist positions. The Republican Party, in contrast, serves as the vehicle of a conservative ideologi ... More

Keywords: Political parties, Democrats, Republicans, polarization, ideology, interest groups, campaigns, Congress, media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190626594
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626594.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Grossman, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University

David A. Hopkins, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College