The American Voter Revisited / Edition 1

The American Voter Revisited / Edition 1

by Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Herbert F. Weisberg, Helmut Norpoth, William G. Jacoby
     
 

Today we are politically polarized as never before. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 will be remembered as two of the most contentious political events in American history. Yet despite the recent election upheaval, The American Voter Revisited discovers that voter behavior has been remarkably consistent over the last half century. And if the

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Overview

Today we are politically polarized as never before. The presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 will be remembered as two of the most contentious political events in American history. Yet despite the recent election upheaval, The American Voter Revisited discovers that voter behavior has been remarkably consistent over the last half century. And if the authors are correct in their predictions, 2008 will show just how reliably the American voter weighs in, election after election.

The American Voter Revisited re-creates the outstanding 1960 classic The American Voter---which was based on the presidential elections of 1952 and 1956---following the same format, theory, and mode of analysis as the original. In this new volume, the authors test the ideas and methods of the original against presidential election surveys from 2000 and 2004. Surprisingly, the contemporary American voter is found to behave politically much like voters of the 1950s.

"Simply essential. For generations, serious students of American politics have kept The American Voter right on their desk. Now, everyone will keep The American Voter Revisited right next to it."
---Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics and author of A More Perfect Constitution

"The American Voter Revisited is destined to be the definitive volume on American electoral behavior for decades. It is a timely book for 2008, with in-depth analyses of the 2000 and 2004 elections updating and extending the findings of the original The American Voter. It is also quite accessible, making it ideal for graduate students as well as advanced undergrads."
---Andrew E. Smith, Director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center

"A theoretically faithful, empirically innovative, comprehensive update of the original classic."
---Sam Popkin, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Michael S. Lewis-Beck is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa. William G. Jacoby is Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. Helmut Norpoth is Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University. Herbert F. Weisberg is Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472050406
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
05/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
801,271
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

How to Read This Book

Sect. I Introductory

1 Setting 3

2 Theoretical Orientation 19

Sect. II Political Attitudes and the Vote

3 Perceptions of the Parties and Candidates 31

4 Partisan Choice 60

5 Voting Turnout 82

Sect. III The Political Context

6 The Impact of Party Identification 111

7 The Development of Party Identification 138

8 Public Policy and Political Preference 161

9 Attitude Structure and the Problem of Ideology 201

10 The Formation of Issue Concepts and Partisan Change 254

Sect. IV The Social and Economic Context

11 Membership in Social Groupings 305

12 Class and Other Social Characteristics 334

13 Economic Antecedents of Political Behavior 365

Sect. V The Electoral Decision and the Political System

14 The Electoral Decision 393

15 Electoral Behavior and the Political System 415

Afterword: The American Voter Then and Now 424

App. A Counterpart Tables and Figures 429

App. B Replication of The American Voter 435

References 441

Index 481

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