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American gridlock : the sources, character, and impact of political polarization

Author: James A Thurber; Antoine Yoshinaka
Publisher: New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
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"Partisan polarization among the public, activists, and elected officials characterizes American politics in the 21st century, and it is often seen as the major source of our governing problems (Schaffner, 2011). Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history, expressing highly negative views of the opposing party (Doherty, 2014). The deleterious impact of partisan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James A Thurber; Antoine Yoshinaka
ISBN: 9781107114166 1107114160
OCLC Number: 940455135
Description: xxix, 404 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Polarization among voters and activists --
1. The new American electorate: partisan, sorted, and polarized / Alan I. Abramowitz --
2. Redistricting and polarization / Micah Altman and Michael McDonald --
3. Party activists, interest groups, and polarization in American politics / David Karol --
4. Authoritarianism and polarization in American politics, still? / Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler --
5. Party sorting: the foundations of polarized politics / Samuel J. Abrams and Morris P. Fiorina --
Part II. Polarization in national institutions --
6. Presidential-congressional relations in an era of polarized parties and a 60-vote Senate / Jon R. Bond, Richard Fleisher and Jeffrey E. Cohen --
7. Party warriors: the ugly side of party polarization in Congress / Sean M. Theriault --
8. The sources and consequences of polarization in the U.S. Supreme Court / Brandon L. Bartels --
Part III. Polarization in the states --
9. Polarization in American state legislatures / Boris Shor --
10. The costs of party reform: two states' experiences / Seth E. Masket --
11. The policy consequences of party polarization: evidence from the American states / Elizabeth Rigby and Gerald C. Wright --
Part IV. Polarization in the media --
12. Partisan media and electoral polarization in 2012: evidence from the American National Election Study / Gary C. Jacobson --
13. News as a casualty: district polarization and media coverage of U.S. House campaigns / Danny Hayes and Jennifer L. Lawless --
14. More a symptom than a cause: polarization and partisan news media in America / Kevin Arceneaux and Martin Johnson --
15. The polarizing effects of partisan and mainstream news / Natalie Jomini Stroud and Alexander Curry --
Part V. Implications and conclusions --
16. Congressional polarization and its connection to income equality: an update / Adam Bonica, Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole, and Howard Rosenthal --
17. The sources and impact of political polarization / James A. Thurber and Antoine Yoshinaka.
Responsibility: edited by James A. Thurber, Antoine Yoshinaka.
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