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Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics
     

Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics

by Morris P. Fiorina
 

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ISBN-10: 0806142286

ISBN-13: 2900806142288

Pub. Date: 11/15/2011

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? Morris P. Fiorina here examines today’s party system to reassess arguments about party polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate.

Building on the arguments of Fiorina’s acclaimed Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, this book explains how

Overview

Red states, blue states . . . are we no longer the United States? Morris P. Fiorina here examines today’s party system to reassess arguments about party polarization while offering a cogent overview of the American electorate.

Building on the arguments of Fiorina’s acclaimed Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, this book explains how contemporary politics differs from that of previous eras and considers what might be done to overcome the unproductive politics of recent decades. Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative “political class” and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate; how politicians’ rhetoric and activities reflect hot-button issues that are not public priorities; and how politicians’ dogmatic, divisive, and uncivil style of “debate” contrasts with the more civil discourse of ordinary Americans, who tend to be more polite and open to compromise than their leaders.

Disconnect depicts politicians out of touch with the larger public, distorting issues and information to appeal to narrow interest groups. It can help readers better understand the political divide between leaders and the American public—and help steer a course for change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900806142288
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/15/2011
Series:
The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Tables and Figures,
Foreword, by Carl B. Albert,
Preface and Acknowledgments,
Chapter 1. A Disconnect in Political Positions,
Chapter 2. Disconnects in Priorities, Certainty, and Style,
Chapter 3. Popular Misconceptions of Polarization,
Chapter 4. Institutional Contributors to the Disconnect,
Chapter 5. Social Change and Party Sorting,
Chapter 6. Suburbs, New Interest Groups, and Political Adaptation,
Chapter 7. The Disconnect: How Unusual? How Bad?,
Chapter 8. Reconnecting the People and Their Government,
Epilogue,
Appendix: Problems in Measuring Legislative Polarization,
Notes,
Index,

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