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Political behavior of the American electorate

Author: William H Flanigan
Publisher: Los Angeles : SAGE/CQ Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Edition 13View all editions and formats
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For elections classes focused on political behavior, Flanigan and Zingale examine election results and survey data to explore the characteristics, choices, and changes in the American electorate.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William H Flanigan
ISBN: 9781452240442 1452240442
OCLC Number: 861072897
Description: xvi, 319 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Democratic beliefs and American democracy --
Representative democracy and elections --
Democratic beliefs and values --
What leads to democratic beliefs and values? --
Maintaining a democracy --
2. Electoral context and strategy --
The fundamentals --
The rules of the game --
Strategy --
The unexpected --
Understanding fundamentals and winning elections --
3, Turnout and elections --
Turnout in American elections --
Voters and nonvoters --
Institutional impediments to turnout --
Psychological motivation, genetics, and turnout --
Campaign activity and mobilization in American elections --
Participation in campaigns --
4. Partisanship and party change --
Party loyalty --
Party identification --
Voting behavior --
Are independents apolitical? --
Partisans and electoral change --
Party systems and realignments --
Are conditions right for a realignment? --
Partisan change --
The future of parties and partisanship --
5. Public opinion and ideology --
The measurement of public opinion --
Domestic economic issues --
Racial issues --
Social issues --
Homeland Security and terrorism --
International affairs --
Issues and partisanship --
Political ideology --
Public opinion and political leadership --
6. Group characteristics and social networks --
The social composition of partisan groups --
Social groups and social networks --
Social cross-pressures --
7. Political communication and the mass media --
Functions of the news media --
Types of media and their users --
Media bias and audience bias --
Media coverage and the public agenda --
Political communication and attitude change --
The media and presidential approval ratings --
Campaigns and political communication --
Presidential primary campaigns --
Campaign strategy --
8. Vote choice and electoral decisions --
Social characteristics and presidential vote choice --
Partisanship and ideology --
Short-term forces --
Determinants of vote choice --
The popular vote and the electoral college --
Vote choice in other types of elections --
The meaning of an election.
Responsibility: William H. Flanigan, University of Minnesota, Nancy H. Zingale, University of St. Thomas, Elizabeth A. Theiss-Morse University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Michael W. Wagner, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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