Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Shaffer, Stephen D.

Committee Member

Chamberlain, James.

Committee Member

Merivaki, Thessalia.

Date of Degree

5-1-2018

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

Political Science

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

Abstract

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.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16905

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