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Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House (Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership) (Paperback)

Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House (Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership) By David A. Crockett Cover Image
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Some presidents enter office with an uphill climb in front of them: their political party represents a different governing philosophy than the dominant strain of the day. These, David A. Crockett says, are “opposition presidents.” If they are, in a sense, out of step with their times, how do they ever get elected in the first place?

In Running against the Grain: How Opposition Presidents Win the White House, Crockett employs historical comparisons to draw conclusions about what it takes for these candidates to win the office. He focuses on seven presidents in twelve elections: William Henry Harrison (1840) and Zachary Taylor (1848), Grover Cleveland (1884 and 1892) and Woodrow Wilson (1912 and 1916), Dwight Eisenhower (1952 and 1956) and Richard Nixon (1968 and 1972), and Bill Clinton (1992 and 1996). Crockett draws on the work of Stephen Skowronek and others in the

tradition of American political development to establish the periodization for his study.

Through a comparative analysis of victorious opposition candidates, Crockett finds explanations that transcend specific campaigns or even specific eras. He contends that, because the way one acquires the office may have an effect on the practice of leadership in the office, “running against the grain” has implications far beyond Election Day.

About the Author


DAVID A. CROCKETT, an associate professor of political science at Trinity University in San Antonio, is the author of The Opposition Presidency: Leadership and the Constraints of History, also published by Texas A&M University Press.

Praise For…


"A fresh and incisive contribution to our understanding of presidential elections and the presidency. Ranging beyond media horse race coverage and quantitative models of voting behavior, Crockett provides several innovative explanations for presidential elections past and present."—Steven Schier, Congdon Professor of Political Science, Carleton College   "Well written and carefully argued, Crockett's book continues the exploration of ‘opposition presidencies' begun in his excellent book The Opposition Presidency"  --Charles E. Walcott, professor of political science, Virginia Tech
— Charles E. Walcott


Product Details
ISBN: 9781603441315
ISBN-10: 160344131X
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2009
Pages: 342
Language: English
Series: Joseph V. Hughes Jr. and Holly O. Hughes Series on the Presidency and Leadership