9780813341729

Public Opinion

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813341729

  • ISBN10:

    0813341728

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-09-02
  • Publisher: Perseus Books

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Summary

Public Opinionis a comprehensive and interdisciplinary examination of public opinion formation and change. The authors explore the nature of political and social attitudes in the United States and how these attitudes are shaped by various institutions, with an emphasis on mass media. The book draws on the wide range of scholarship in political science, psychology, sociology, and communications to help undergraduates understand public opinion in America. The book surveys the public opinion field, but it also serves as a provocative starting point for the discussion of citizen moods, political participation, and voting behavior. Multiple sidebars, illustrations, tables, and figures enable students to explore all aspects of the elusive phenomenon we call public opinion. Thoroughly updated, this edition includes new data and discussions throughout, including a chapter on economic and rational choice approaches to understanding public opinion. The chapters are carefully constructed to introduce terms and concepts to both advanced students and those unfamiliar with the field.

Author Biography

Carroll J. Glynn is professor and director of the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. Susan Herbst is Provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York, Center at Albany. Garrett J. O'Keefe is professor of journalism at Colorado State University. Robert Y. Shapiro is professor of political science at Columbia University. Mark Lindeman is assistant professor of political science at Bard College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vii
Preface xiii
PART ONE INTRODUCING PUBLIC OPINION
1(116)
The Meanings of Public Opinion
3(32)
The History of Public Opinion
35(38)
Methods for Studying Public Opinion
73(44)
PART TWO THEORIES OF PUBLIC OPINION
117(164)
Psychological Perspectives
119(48)
Stereotyping, Social Norms, and Public Opinion
167(44)
Perception and Opinion Formation
211(44)
Economic Approaches
255(26)
PART THREE PUBLIC OPINION IN CONTEXT
281(200)
Public Opinion and Democratic Competence
283(72)
Public Opinion and Policymaking
355(50)
Lawrence R. Jacobs
Communicating, Campaigning, and the Public
405(72)
Looking Ahead
477(4)
Index 481

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