Ambivalence and the Structure of Political Opinion / Edition 1

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The study of political attitudes typically posits a straightforward either/or--either liberal or conservative, for example--across a variety of values. This tendency to categorize may be an artifact of given research methodologies, rather than reflecting real political opinions. When opinions vary across issues, and might even be in conflict, the result is ambivalence.

This book represents an important step in bringing together various strands of research about attitudinal ambivalence and public opinion. Essays by a distinguished group of political scientists and social psychologists provide a conceptual framework for understanding how ambivalence is currently understood and measured, as well as its relevance to the public's beliefs about our political institutions and national identity. The theoretical insights, methodological innovations, and empirical analyses will add substantially to our knowledge about the nature of ambivalence in particular, and the structure and evolution of political attitudes in general.

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"Craig and Martinez have brought together a stellar cast to provide a state-of-the-art resource that summarizes the field and provides groundbreaking original studies on nearly all elements of ambivalence. This is a must-read for all public opinion scholars, but the theory and measurement issues raised would also help researchers in other fields conceptualize problems of duality."-- Donald Haider-Markel, University of Kansas

"Ambivalence and the Structure of Public Opinion is a timely collection of the latest work on ambivalence, its theoretical meaning, its measurement, and its impact in politics. The collection explores ambivalence in issues (e.g., abortion), towards political institutions (such as Congress and the Courts), and in patriotism. Democratic politics is inevitably conflictual and so a focused consideration of ambivalence is of special value and this collection delivers a worthy array of thoughtful and empirically rich explorations of the ways in which inner conflict infuses politics."-- George E. Marcus, Williams College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403965714
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen C. Craig is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program in Political Campaigning, University of Florida.

Michael D. Martinez is Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Florida.

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Table of Contents

Pros and Cons: Ambivalence and Public Opinion--Michael D. Martinez, Stephen C. Craig & James G. Kane
• Ambivalence as Experienced Conflict--Bethany Albertson, John Brehm & R. Michael Alvarez
• Ambivalence as Psychological Conflict--Ian Newby-Clark, Ian McGregor & Mark P. Zanna
• Ambivalence and Response Instability: A Panel Study--Stephen C. Craig, Michael D. Martinez & James G. Kane
• Meta-Psychological Versus Operative Measures of Ambivalence: Differentiating the Consequences of Perceived Intra-Psychic Conflict and Real Intra-Psychic Conflict--Allyson L. Holbrook & Jon A. Krosnick
• Ambivalence toward Political Institutions--Kathleen M. McGraw & Brandon Bartels
• Patriotic to the Core? American Ambivalence about America--Jack Citrin & Samantha Luks
• Is It Really Ambivalence? Public Opinion toward Government Spending--William G. Jacoby

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