Political Behavior of the American Electorate

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  • Edition: 12th
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  • Copyright: 2009-12-15
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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.

Author Biography

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 Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Political Culture and American Democracyp. 11
Fair, Free, and Competitive Electionsp. 12
Political Culture as a Foundation for Democracyp. 18
Maintaining a Democracyp. 33
Notesp. 36
Suggested Readingsp. 37
Internet Resourcesp. 38
Suffrage and Turnoutp. 39
Extensions of Suffragep. 39
Restrictions on Suffragep. 42
Turnout in American Elections Historicallyp. 44
High- and Low-Stimulus Electionsp. 48
Voters and Nonvotersp. 52
Registration as a Barrier to Votingp. 56
Is the Level of Turnout in the United States a Cause for Concern?p. 60
Notesp. 64
Suggested Readingsp. 65
Internet Resourcesp. 66
Partisanshipp. 67
Party Loyaltyp. 67
Party Identificationp. 69
Types of Electoral Changep. 72
Party Systems and Realignmentsp. 75
Are Conditions Right for a Realignment?p. 83
Notesp. 86
Suggested Readingsp. 86
Internet Resourcesp. 87
Partisans and Partisan Changep. 89
Voting Behaviorp. 89
Are Independents Apolitical?p. 95
Partisan Changep. 99
The Future of Parties and Partisanshipp. 107
Notesp. 108
Suggested Readingsp. 109
Internet Resourcesp. 110
Social Characteristics of Partisans and Independentsp. 111
The Social Composition of Partisan Groupsp. 115
Social Group Analysisp. 116
Red and Blue Statesp. 126
Social Cross-Pressuresp. 129
Notesp. 132
Suggested Readingsp. 133
Internet Resourcesp. 134
Public Opinion and Ideologyp. 135
The Measurement of Public Opinionp. 137
Domestic Economic Issuesp. 138
Racial Issuesp. 142
Social Issuesp. 148
Homeland Security and Terrorismp. 153
International Affairsp. 154
Issues and Partisanshipp. 159
Political Ideologyp. 160
Public Opinion and Political Leadershipp. 166
Notesp. 168
Suggested Readingsp. 170
Internet Resourcesp. 170
Political Communication and the Mass Mediap. 173
Functions of Opinions for Individualsp. 174
Opinion Consistency and Dissonancep. 175
Political Communication and Attitude Changep. 176
Attention to the Mediap. 179
Did Iraq Have Weapons of Mass Destruction?p. 184
The Media and Presidential Approval Ratingsp. 186
Campaignsp. 190
Presidential Primary Campaignsp. 199
Campaign Strategyp. 202
Notesp. 204
Suggested Readingsp. 206
Internet Resourcesp. 207
Vote Choice and Electoral Decisionsp. 209
Social Characteristics and Presidential Vote Choicep. 210
Partisanship and Ideologyp. 212
Short-Term Forcesp. 214
Determinants of Vote Choicep. 226
The Popular Vote and the Electoral Collegep. 230
Vote Choice in Other Types of Electionsp. 233
The Meaning of an Electionp. 235
Notesp. 238
Suggested Readingsp. 239
Internet Resourcesp. 239
Survey Research Methodsp. 241
Survey Data Collectionp. 242
Validity of Survey Questionsp. 248
Validity versus Continuityp. 250
Notesp. 251
Suggested Readingsp. 251
Internet Resourcesp. 252
Indexp. 253
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