The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior offers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behavior. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments and challenges, as well as incisive commentary on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, scholars of American politics. Substantively, the Handbook includes chapters focusing on various approaches and issues in research design, political participation, vote choice, presidential and non-presidential elections, and issues, interests and elites as influences on individuals' political behaviour. Each of the chapters offers a working research bibliography, as well as retrospective evaluations of research and discussions of fruitful paths for future research.

The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. Edwards III, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics.

General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III

Author Biography

Jan E. Leighley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona, has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly, among others. Her two books include Strength in Numbers? The Political Mobilization of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, published by Princeton University Press, and Mass Media and Politics: A Social Science Perspective. She served as editor (with Kim Quaile Hill) of the American Journal of Political Science, a leading general journal in political science, from 2000-2004 and has served on two advisory panels at the National Science Foundation.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xii
About the Contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Research Design
The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politicsp. 9
Optimizing Survey Questionnaire Design in Political Science: Insights from Psychologyp. 27
Laboratory Experiments in American Political Behaviorp. 51
Field Experiments and the Study of Political Behaviorp. 69
Formal Modeling, Strategic Behavior, and the Study of American Electionsp. 89
Why is American Turnout So Low, and Why Should We Care?p. 107
American Voter Turnout in Historical Perspectivep. 125
Expanding the Possibilities: Reconceptualizing Political Participation as a Toolboxp. 144
Voter Registration: Turnout, Representation, and Reformp. 162
Early, Absentee, and Mail-In Votingp. 182
Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participationp. 200
Voting Technologyp. 219
Vote Choice
The Study of Electoral Behaviorp. 239
The American Voterp. 262
Politics, Expertise, and Interdependence within Electoratesp. 278
Constructing the Vote: Media Effects in a Constructionist Modelp. 300
Campaign Effects on Vote Choicep. 326
Forecasting US Presidential Electionsp. 346
Interests, Self- and Otherwise
Economics, Elections, and Voting Behaviorp. 375
Latinos and Political Behavior: Denning Community to Examine Critical Complexitiesp. 397
Organizing American Politics, Organizing Genderp. 415
Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in US Presidential Electionsp. 433
Elections Other Than Presidential
Local and National Forces in Congressional Electionsp. 453
The Study of Local Elections in American Politicsp. 471
Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environmentp. 493
Primary Electionsp. 514
Direct Democracy in the United Statesp. 531
Elites and Institutions
Voters in Context: The Politics of Citizen Behaviorp. 555
Getting Up Off the Canvass: Rethinking the Study of Mobilizationp. 577
Parties, Elections, and Democratic Politicsp. 595
Organized Interests: Evolution and Influencep. 611
Money and American Electionsp. 629
Redistrictingp. 649
American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspectivep. 667
On Participation: Individuals, Dynamic Categories, and the Context of Powerp. 687
Studying American Electionsp. 700
In Search of Representation Theoryp. 716
Name Indexp. 741
Su0062ject Indexp. 761
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