The American Public Mind: The Issues Structure of Mass Politics in the Postwar United States

The American Public Mind: The Issues Structure of Mass Politics in the Postwar United States

by William J. M. Claggett, Byron E. Shafer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521682320

ISBN-13: 9780521682329

Pub. Date: 04/30/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

What is the real nature of substantive conflict in mass politics during the postwar years in the United States? How is it reflected in the American public mind? And how does this issue structure shape electoral conflict? William J. M. Claggett and Byron E. Shafer answer by developing measures of public preference in four great policy realms – social welfare,

Overview

What is the real nature of substantive conflict in mass politics during the postwar years in the United States? How is it reflected in the American public mind? And how does this issue structure shape electoral conflict? William J. M. Claggett and Byron E. Shafer answer by developing measures of public preference in four great policy realms – social welfare, international relations, civil rights, and cultural values – for the entire period between 1952 and 2004. They use these to identify the issues that were moving the voting public at various points in time, while revealing the way in which public preferences shaped the structure of electoral politics. What results is the restoration of policy substance to the center of mass politics in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521682329
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Structure of Public Preferences: 1. The established issues: social welfare; 2. The established issues: international relations; 3. The new issues: civil rights; 4. The new issues: cultural values; 5. Blended items: true, false, and obscure; Part II. Some Consequences of the Structure: 6. The established issues: voting behavior; 7. The new issues: voting behavior; 8. Voting behavior: the rest of the story; 9. The issue structure of mass politics.

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