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Glen Browder
Glen Browder served as a U.S. Congressman, Alabama Secretary of State, and Alabama State Legislator. A moderate Democrat, he was one of the founders of the Congressional Blue Dog Coalition. He earned his B.A. in history from Presbyterian College (SC) and a Ph.D in political science from Emory University (GA). He now serves as Professor Emeritus of American Democracy at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He also was Distinguished Visiting Professor of National Security Affairs at Naval Postgraduate School in California for ten years and served a brief stint as Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. His recent books are Stealth Reconstruction and The South’s New Racial Politics; he also is the author of The Future of American Democracy. Additional information about Browder is available in Geni Certain's Professor-Politician: The Biography of Alabama Congressman Glen Browder (

Entries by Glen Browder

A Small Family Business Struggles with the Current Greek Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Almost a century ago, Simeon Ignatidis opened a food store in a small village of Eastern Greece. Simeon's little store became a bigger store, somewhat like his cat, named "Catos", who became the shop's mascot and purred around his legs during those long workdays.

Simeon Ignatidis' store supplied the...

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Did College Football Games Predict Tuesday's Electoral Outcomes?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:31 PM

Last week, I wrote about how some of my political science friends had come up with a weird thesis.

They had conducted research showing that the fate of gubernatorial candidates in general elections seemed to be related--slightly and statistically--to whether their state's flagship university had won its football game...

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College Football and Tuesday's Elections

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:21 PM

It is time!

November 1!

Big Saturday (college football) before Big Tuesday (mid-term elections)!

Political/Football fans may recall my column a few months ago when I reported research suggesting that winning or losing a big college football game the weekend right before the big election seemed to...

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UPDATE: Field Reports From Southern State Politics

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Striking diversity (and problems for women and minorities) in Georgia.
Rise of Independents in increasingly purple North Carolina.
Return of the Ten Commandments judge in Alabama.
Role of ideology and religiosity in Tea Party of Virginia.
Melting pot politics in Florida.

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Contemporary Themes in Southern Politics

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 4:17 PM

For the umpteenth time, let's talk about the South and look at some important political developments in this part of the country.

I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it...

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Un-Ignore Appalachia

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:36 AM

A doctoral student at Columbia University complains that political scientists have been ignoring the 25 million residents of Appalachia.

Surely, he is wrong! Everybody has been made aware that, just two years ago, a prison inmate scored 41 percent of the West Virginia primary vote against Barack Obama; and who...

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Southern Whites, Non-Southern Whites, Racism, and Obama

(4) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 1:00 PM

How important was racism in questions about Barack Obama's religion and birthplace during the 2012 election?

Was it racial resentment or old-fashioned racial prejudice?

Were southern whites more racist than non-southern whites?

Long-time observers of southern politics understand the confounding roles of race and racism...

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Whither the Culture War?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 4:05 PM

  • Is America still locked in mortal conflict on cultural issues like abortion and homosexuality?
  • What are the regional dynamics of the national values debate?
  • Who's winning the culture war?

It is hard to remember when America's "culture war" broke out. It seems that we have been fighting...

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College Football and the 2014 Elections

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:31 PM

BULLETIN! The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.

That is, if you buy the fascinating notion, revealed at a recent academic conference,...

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College Students Present Research on Southern Politics

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:05 PM

One of the good things about academic associations is that they often invite students to participate in meaningful discussions about professional matters.

Such was the case at last month's Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in Charleston, SC. Several undergraduates in political science courses at Florida Southern College and the College...

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How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

(66) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 11:59 AM

• If American Southerners had to describe the South to someone not from the South, would they offer positive or negative descriptions of the region?

• Among their descriptions, which aspects of the South would they articulate?

• Would native Southerners, converted Southerners, and non-Southerners (who live in the...

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Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 6:39 PM

Are young southerners turning toward the Democrats?

Are people moving into the South inclined toward the Democrats?

When will the southern Democratic Party be competitive again?

The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential...

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White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Do white Americans "identify" just as do minority groups?

Does "white consciousness" reflect racist attitudes and beliefs?

Is such racial consciousness a southern phenomenon?

It is almost impossible to avoid discussions of "whiteness" in contemporary literature about race relations in America. Conversations about the cultural psyche of African-Americans, Latinos, and...

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Exploring Southern States' Opposition to Obamacare

(175) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 9:02 PM

  • How do Southern states compare with non-Southern states in their response to the Affordable Care Act?
  • What elements of the decision-making environment help us understand this region's active opposition to Obamacare?

The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (referenced here as ACA or Obamacare) in 2010...

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Persistence of Race in the Changing South

(16) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 10:45 PM

Is race still the driver of Southern politics?

Is there any difference in the racial/partisan politics of the Peripheral South and the Deep South?

What has been the impact of changing Southern politics on Black representation over the past few decades?

These are fascinating questions -- and a leading scholar...

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Introducing Lilly Ledbetter: As Known (or Unknown) by Her Homefolks

(6) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 7:31 PM

To much of America and the world, the name "Lilly Ledbetter" resonates as political celebrity, a heroine to many because of her struggle for equal pay for women. She fought her fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court; and her triumph is immortalized through the Lilly Ledbetter Fair...

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Conclusion: Transformational Suggestions for 'New America'

(44) Comments | Posted March 30, 2013 | 11:01 AM

Over the past few months, I have spun an unconventional series of discussions about the future of American democracy.

At times, I ventured into histrionic rhetoric -- such as my outrageous question, "Is America dying?"

My purpose, through it all, was to provide a provocative and constructive analysis...

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America's Mindless Destiny: The "American Federation"?

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 6:35 PM

Throughout this series, I have speculated -- sometimes histrionically -- about the uncertain future of American democracy.

I also proclaimed that President Obama could positively transform America or, maybe, trigger radical change in our Great Experiment.

Now I want to project where we're likely to end up if we stay...

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President Obama May Have to Choose: Transformation or Partisanship

(37) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 7:16 PM

Thus far, Barack Obama has straddled twin missions -- preaching "a more perfect union" and pushing his party agenda. But, eventually, he may have to choose between transformational leadership and party politics.

The president's first inaugural address laid out the vision of fundamentally transforming America; and his second inauguration revealed...

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Our Transformational President: A Mixed Legacy Thus Far

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 8:15 AM

Regardless of how he originally defined his mission as a transformational leader, President Obama has yet to transform America, and there are serious questions about how he will be remembered in history.

Speculation about Obama's legacy at mid-point of his tenure has been positive, but restrained. As Larry Sabato, director...

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