The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior

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The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior offers comprehensive coverage of the various theoretical approaches to the study of American elections and political behavior. The chapters are thoughtful and creative, providing broad overviews of intellectual developments and challenges, as well as incisive commentary on the accomplishments of, and challenges facing, scholars of American politics. Substantively, the Handbook includes chapters focusing on various approaches and issues in research design, political participation, vote choice, presidential and non-presidential elections, and issues, interests and elites as influences on individuals' political behaviour. Each of the chapters offers a working research bibliography, as well as retrospective evaluations of research and discussions of fruitful paths for future research.

The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics are a set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of scholarship on American politics. Each volume focuses on a particular aspect of the field. The project is under the General Editorship of George C. Edwards III, and distinguished specialists in their respective fields edit each volume. The Handbooks aim not just to report on the discipline, but also to shape it as scholars critically assess the scholarship on a topic and propose directions in which it needs to move. The series is an indispensable reference for anyone working in American politics.

General Editor for The Oxford Handbooks of American Politics: George C. Edwards III

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199235476
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan E. Leighley, Professor of Political Science at the University of Arizona, has published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and American Politics Quarterly, among others. Her two books include Strength in Numbers? The Political Mobilization of Racial and Ethnic Minorities, published by Princeton University Press, and Mass Media and Politics: A Social Science Perspective. She served as editor (with Kim Quaile Hill) of the American Journal of Political Science, a leading general journal in political science, from 2000-2004 and has served on two advisory panels at the National Science Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction, Jan E. Leighley
Part II: Research Design
2. The State of Survey Research as a Research Tool in American Politics, Lonna Rae Atkeson
3. Optimizing Survey Questionnaire Design in Political Science: Insights from Psychology, Josh Pasek and Jon A. Krosnick
4. Field Experiments and the Study of Political Behavior, Tiffany C. Davenport, Alan S. Gerber, and Donald P. Green
5. Formal Modeling, Strategic Behavior, and the Study of American Elections, John H. Aldrich and Arthur Lupia
Part III: Participation
6. Why Is American Turnout So Low, and Why Should We Care?, Michael D. Martinez
7. American Voter Turnout in Historical Perspective, Michael P. McDonald
8. Expanding the Possibilities: Reconceptualizing Political Participation as a Tool Box, Fredrick Harris and Daniel Gillion
9. Voter Registration: Turnout, Representation, and Reform, Robert D. Brown
10. Early, Absentee, and Mail-In Voting, Robert M. Stein and Greg Vonnahme
11. Digital Democracy: How Politics Online is Changing Electoral Participation, Karen Mossberger and Caroline J. Tolbert
12. Voting Technology, R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall
Part IV: Vote Choice
13. The Study of Electoral Behavior, Larry M. Bartels
14. The American Voter, William G. Jacoby
15. Politics, Expertise, and Interdependence within Electorates, T.K. Ahn, Robert Huckfeldt, Alexander K. Mayer, and John B. Ryan
16. Constructing the Vote: Media Effects in a Constructionist Model, Maria Armoudian, Ann N Crigler
17. Campaign Effects on Vote Choice, Sunshine Hillygus
18. Forecasting U.S. Presidential Elections, Thomas Holbrook
Part V: Interests, Self- and Otherwise
19. Economics, Elections and Voting Behavior, Suzanna Linn, Jonathan Nagler, and Marco A. Morales
20. Latinos and Political Behavior: Defining Community to Examine Critical Complexities, John A. Garcia
21. Organizing American Politics, Organizing Gender, Kira Sanbonmatsu
22. Gauging the God Gap: Religion and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections, John C. Green
Part VI: Elections Other than Presidential
23. Local and National Forces in Congressional Elections, Barry C. Burden and Amber Wichowsky
24. The Study of Local Elections in American Politics, Melissa J. Marschall
25. Studying State Judicial Races in a Transformed Electoral Environment, Laura Langer, Meghan Leonard and Andrea Polk
26. Primary Elections, Barbara Norrander
27. Direct Democracy in the United States, Shaun Bowler, Todd Donovan
Part VII: Elites and Institutions
28. Voters in Context: The Politics of Citizen Behavior, Walter J. Stone and Matthew K. Buttice
29. Getting Up Off the Canvass: Rethinking the Study of Mobilization, Kenneth M. Goldstein and Matthew Holleque
30. Parties, Elections, and Democratic Politics, John H. Aldrich and John D. Griffin
31. Organized Interests: Evolution and Influence, Peter L. Francia
32. Money and American Elections, Lynda Powell and Clyde Wilcox
33. Redistricting, Bernard Grofman and Thomas L. Brunell
34. American Electoral Practices in Comparative Perspective, Mark N. Franklin and Till Weber
Part VIII: Reflections
35. On Participation: Individuals, Dynamic Categories, and the Context of Power, Jane Junn
36. Studying American Elections, Paul R. Abramson, John H. Aldrich and David W. Rohde
37. In Search of Representation Theory, Patricia A. Hurley and Kim Quaile Hill

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