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Legacies of Losing in American Politics

Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow

Legacies of Losing in American Politics

Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow

224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226515328 Will Publish December 2017
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780226515298 Will Publish December 2017
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226515465 Will Publish December 2017
American politics is typically a story about winners. The fading away of defeated politicians and political movements is a feature of American politics that ensures political stability and a peaceful transition of power. But American history has also been built on defeated candidates, failed presidents, and social movements that at pivotal moments did not dissipate as expected but instead persisted and eventually achieved success for the loser’s ideas and preferred policies.
           
With Legacies of Losing in American Politics, Jeffrey K. Tulis and Nicole Mellow rethink three pivotal moments in American political history: the founding, when anti-Federalists failed to stop the ratification of the Constitution; the aftermath of the Civil War, when President Andrew Johnson’s plan for restoring the South to the Union was defeated; and the 1964 presidential campaign, when Barry Goldwater’s challenge to the New Deal order was soundly defeated by Lyndon B. Johnson. In each of these cases, the very mechanisms that caused the initial failures facilitated their eventual success. After the dust of the immediate political defeat settled, these seemingly discredited ideas and programs disrupted political convention by prevailing, often subverting, and occasionally enhancing constitutional fidelity. Tulis and Mellow present a nuanced story of winning and losing and offer a new understanding of American political development as the interweaving of opposing ideas.
 
Contents
1          Political Failure, and Success
2          Founding - The Anti-Federal Appropriation
3          Reconstruction - Andrew Johnson’s Politics of Obstruction
4          New Deal - Barry Goldwater’s Politics of Integrity
5          Legacies of Loss in American Politics

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
Review Quotes
Russell Muirhead, Dartmouth College
Legacies of Losing in American Politics is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I lost track of the number of ‘ah-ha moments’ when, in the course of reading, I understood something vital as if for the first time, or rethought a settled understanding I had never fully examined. The book is truly a major contribution to American political science, political thought, and constitutional law.”
Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania
“We who have challenged optimistic accounts of progressive American political development have only done a little to explain the mechanisms through which progress is restrained or reversed. Tulis and Mellow make a huge leap forward, provocatively contending that the very ideas, tactics, and coalitions that met with thundering defeats in the nation’s most critical junctures have provided the means for the resurgence of their causes.  A riveting argument that may well prove seminal in the future and is all too timely now.”
James A. Morone, Brown University
“A breakthrough look at power and politics in America. Tulis and Mellow show, in fascinating detail, how some of history’s great losers managed to lay the groundwork for future victories. This is an ambitious, authoritative, and unexpected book that fundamentally revises three critical episodes in American political history."
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