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What Americans know about politics and why it matters

Author: Michael X Delli Carpini; Scott Keeter
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is the most comprehensive analysis ever written about the American public's factual knowledge of politics. Drawing on extensive survey data, including much that is original, two experts in public opinion and political behavior find that many citizens are remarkably well informed about the details of politics, while equally large numbers are nearly ignorant of political facts. And despite dramatic changes
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael X Delli Carpini; Scott Keeter
ISBN: 0300062567 9780300062564 0300072759 9780300072754
OCLC Number: 32747122
Description: xiii, 397 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Political Knowledge, Political Power, and the Democratic Citizen --
Ch. 1. From Democratic Theory to Democratic Practice: The Case for an Informed Citizenry --
Ch. 2. What Americans Know about Politics --
Ch. 3. Stability and Change in Political Knowledge --
Ch. 4. Who's Informed? Individual, Group, and Collective Patterns of Political Knowledge --
Ch. 5. Explaining Political Knowledge --
Ch. 6. The Consequences of Political Knowledge and Ignorance --
Ch. 7. Informing the Public's Discretion --
Appendix One: Overview of Data Sources --
Appendix Two: The Conceptualization and Measurement of Political Knowledge --
Appendix Three: Knowledge over Time --
Appendix Four: Details of the Structural Analysis Used in Chapter 4 --
Appendix Five: Methodology of the Analysis of Information's Impact on Opinion in Chapter 6.
Responsibility: Michael X. Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter.

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