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First Test - Day 1: The very basics Is Louisiana unique?...

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Day 1: The very basics Is Louisiana unique? V.O. Key 1948 book –Southern Politics Scientifically looked at southern politics but focused on LA Basically talked about the corruption Reputation grew from being known as just corrupt Colorful characters and exotic 1976-Transformation of Southern Politics Jack Bass and Walter Devries 2001 Tyler Bridges—Bad Bet on the Bayou Said LA was colorful and exotic Why and how is it unique? Evidence 1. more constitutions than any other state --- 11 2. campaign spending a. more money spent in 83-84 campaign than on American presidential election 3. corruption convictions a. clearly consistent in corruption level 4. more elected offices a. lots of people elected b. anything to elect someone to something, we do it 5. unique election law a. don’t use party preliminaries 6. high turnout a. voters among other southern states 7. strong governors a. usually with weak powers b. but the governor gets what the governor wants 8. big bureaucracy 9. civil law a. French based laws(more people based law system) 10. parishes sui generis- 1 of a kind V.O. Key used it first Very political and very exotic Politics - game or competition where individuals competing in groups compete to shake public policy with varying resources o Money
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o Create laws - abortion, drug laws, traffic laws = o Partisanship Trends Over the last 20 years, the shift has been away from Republicans and toward Democrats except Louisiana Louisiana began to become more like Mississippi even before Katrina, but the hurricane accelerated it After Katrina: African-American urban votes left the state o Turnout Trends o Changes in Legislature o The New Normal Election Rules
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Day 2 American political culture: possessive individuals Americans are obsessed with freedom; people even sit away as far away as possible from everyone else. Tocqueville noticed that about America. Where does American culture come from? Immigration patterns (people): rugged individualist, mostly from Europe found America appealing Geography (place): people could move when places became crowded. No one was trying to attack at the time. In LA it can be described more as hyper- competitive, democratic, participatory, and volatile. Sources: People: ethnic patterns. Many states have a mix of ethnic groups, but not exactly like Louisiana. The main ones are same proportion and highly conscious the Anglo-Americans, African-Americans, and Franco Americans. Anglo Americans: Most similar to the rest of the South, same as Mississippi. Protestant, Baptist, Bible belt Traditionalistic culture- rebel flags, NASCAR, ect… Live much more in north Louisiana African Americans: Unique historical experience Distinctions: more urban, historic middle class, more successful, and more active Politics: group identity, distrust of establishment, and readiness for political and socio- economic change. Whoever they support will often be the one who wins. Franco-American:
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