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Tennessee Government and Politics: Democracy in the Volunteer State


To understand the forces shaping current Tennessee politics, we discuss two fundamental concepts of Tennessee's electoral system: voting turnout and partisanship. These two concepts are easily illustrated by two questions. First, how many people participate in elections in the state? Second, whom do Tennesseans elect to represent them? While we use a historical perspective to inform the analysis, we are generally more interested in the forces shaping politics in Tennessee today.

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Chapter 7 is provided for download with the permission of Vanderbilt University Press. Permission documentation is on file. Citation information for the book:

  • Tennessee Government and Politics: Democracy in the Volunteer State, edited by John R. Vile and Mark Byrnes.


Vanderbilt University Press

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Nashville, TN