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Local elections and the politics of small-scale democracy

Author: J Eric Oliver; Shang E Ha; Zachary Callen
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012.
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Local government is the hidden leviathan of American politics: it accounts for nearly a tenth of gross domestic product, it collects nearly as much in taxes as the federal government, and its decisions have an enormous impact on Americans' daily lives. Yet political scientists have few explanations for how people vote in local elections, particularly in the smaller cities, towns, and suburbs where most Americans  Read more...
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Oliver, J. Eric, 1966-
Local elections and the politics of small-scale democracy.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2012
(DLC) 2011051379
(OCoLC)761850874
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J Eric Oliver; Shang E Ha; Zachary Callen
ISBN: 9781400842544 1400842549
OCLC Number: 793207527
Awards: Winner of American Political Science Association Urban Politics Section: Best Book Award 2013
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction --
Size, scope, and bias: what differentiates local electoral politics? --
Who votes in local elections? --
Who runs for local office? --
Systematic versus idiosyncratic factors in local elections --
What influences local voters' electoral choices? --
Rethinking local democracy.
Responsibility: J. Eric Oliver with Shang E. Ha and Zachary Callen.

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Offers comprehensive analysis of electoral politics in America's municipalities. Arguing that explanations of voting behavior are ill suited for local contests, the author puts forward a theory that  Read more...

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