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Students know that the 2008 elections were a watershed event in American political history. They&BAD:rs"ve read and watched the coverage, but do they have a deep understanding of what happened, beyond YouTube and the talking heads? Do they know why voters cast their ballots the way they did? Flanigan and Zingale continue their thorough and accessible analytical overview of the political behavior of the American voter in this twelfth edition. Delving deeply into the 2008 National Election Study data, the authors explore the impact of innovative mobilization efforts, the effects of the waning war in Iraq and the economic slump on voting choice, and the continuing trends of polarization and partisanship&BAD:-all in a way that is clear and engaging to students. The book&BAD:rs"s updated tables and figures are available electronically and free for adopters, and a brandnew companion website offers datasets and exercises.
William H. Flanigan is professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. He is coeditor of The History of American Electoral Behavior. Nancy H. Zingale is professor of political science and executive assistant to the president at the University of St. Thomas.
Table of Contents
|Tables and Figures||p. xi|
|Political Culture and American Democracy||p. 11|
|Fair, Free, and Competitive Elections||p. 12|
|Political Culture as a Foundation for Democracy||p. 18|
|Maintaining a Democracy||p. 33|
|Suggested Readings||p. 37|
|Internet Resources||p. 38|
|Suffrage and Turnout||p. 39|
|Extensions of Suffrage||p. 39|
|Restrictions on Suffrage||p. 42|
|Turnout in American Elections Historically||p. 44|
|High- and Low-Stimulus Elections||p. 48|
|Voters and Nonvoters||p. 52|
|Registration as a Barrier to Voting||p. 56|
|Is the Level of Turnout in the United States a Cause for Concern?||p. 60|
|Suggested Readings||p. 65|
|Internet Resources||p. 66|
|Party Loyalty||p. 67|
|Party Identification||p. 69|
|Types of Electoral Change||p. 72|
|Party Systems and Realignments||p. 75|
|Are Conditions Right for a Realignment?||p. 83|
|Suggested Readings||p. 86|
|Internet Resources||p. 87|
|Partisans and Partisan Change||p. 89|
|Voting Behavior||p. 89|
|Are Independents Apolitical?||p. 95|
|Partisan Change||p. 99|
|The Future of Parties and Partisanship||p. 107|
|Suggested Readings||p. 109|
|Internet Resources||p. 110|
|Social Characteristics of Partisans and Independents||p. 111|
|The Social Composition of Partisan Groups||p. 115|
|Social Group Analysis||p. 116|
|Red and Blue States||p. 126|
|Social Cross-Pressures||p. 129|
|Suggested Readings||p. 133|
|Internet Resources||p. 134|
|Public Opinion and Ideology||p. 135|
|The Measurement of Public Opinion||p. 137|
|Domestic Economic Issues||p. 138|
|Racial Issues||p. 142|
|Social Issues||p. 148|
|Homeland Security and Terrorism||p. 153|
|International Affairs||p. 154|
|Issues and Partisanship||p. 159|
|Political Ideology||p. 160|
|Public Opinion and Political Leadership||p. 166|
|Suggested Readings||p. 170|
|Internet Resources||p. 170|
|Political Communication and the Mass Media||p. 173|
|Functions of Opinions for Individuals||p. 174|
|Opinion Consistency and Dissonance||p. 175|
|Political Communication and Attitude Change||p. 176|
|Attention to the Media||p. 179|
|Did Iraq Have Weapons of Mass Destruction?||p. 184|
|The Media and Presidential Approval Ratings||p. 186|
|Presidential Primary Campaigns||p. 199|
|Campaign Strategy||p. 202|
|Suggested Readings||p. 206|
|Internet Resources||p. 207|
|Vote Choice and Electoral Decisions||p. 209|
|Social Characteristics and Presidential Vote Choice||p. 210|
|Partisanship and Ideology||p. 212|
|Short-Term Forces||p. 214|
|Determinants of Vote Choice||p. 226|
|The Popular Vote and the Electoral College||p. 230|
|Vote Choice in Other Types of Elections||p. 233|
|The Meaning of an Election||p. 235|
|Suggested Readings||p. 239|
|Internet Resources||p. 239|
|Survey Research Methods||p. 241|
|Survey Data Collection||p. 242|
|Validity of Survey Questions||p. 248|
|Validity versus Continuity||p. 250|
|Suggested Readings||p. 251|
|Internet Resources||p. 252|
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