Classification of presidential elections: An update
Abbreviated Journal Title
REALIGNMENT; Political Science
This research note extends Gevald Pomper's 1967 classification of presidential elections through the 1996 election, replicating Pomper's methodology and adding a factor analysis to reveal the structure of presidential elections. That analysis identifies three clusters of presidential elections since 1932: the New Deal era elections of 1936 through 1956, the critical elections of 1960, 1964, and 1968, and a new stable era persisting since the 1972 election. The continuity among recent presidential elections challenges the widespread view that the post-1968 period has been one of "dealignment."
"Classification of presidential elections: An update" (1999). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 2700.