Mississippi State University
Shaffer, Stephen D.
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Master of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
I use a comparative political biographical approach to examine the lives and careers of two governors, Zell Miller and James B. Hunt. In so doing, I apply Shaffer’s theory of ideological realignment to two southern states by examining gubernatorial politics. I argue that these governors were electorally successful because they formed ideologically inclusive coalitions. I demonstrate that by forming ideologically inclusive coalitions that both governors experienced electoral successes. I examine those appeals through education, economic development, anti-crime, governmental efficiency and other issues. I seek to explain how Miller and Hunt’s life experiences shaped their respective political successes.
Mathison, Bryan Joseph, "A Comparative Political Biography of Governors Zell Miller and James B. Hunt" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 54.