Date Thesis Awarded

5-2011

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Government

Advisor

John B. Gilmour

Committee Member

Ronald Rapoport

Abstract

The title of this thesis is "Newt Gingrich and GOPAC: Training the Farm Team that helped win the Republican Revolution of 1994". The thesis is that Newt Gingrich and GOPAC helped train a new generation of Republican leaders to raise money and run for office. These efforts slowly increased the number of Republicans in municipal and state level and had a 'trickle up effect'. This meant that their increased quality (i.e. previous electoral experience) helped them eventually take back Congress in 1994. I contend that their actions helped increase the number of state level Republicans and, with time, gave the Republicans a quality field of candidates to run for Congress. For this reason I think Pete du Pont and Newt Gingrich deserve the title "political entrepreneurs'.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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