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In choosing candidates for political office, values (both those held by voters and those of prospective officeholders) have overtaken economics to become key determinants in the voting choice. Since the 1960s the American public has wrestled with changes in public and private values. Typical family life no longer involves a husband, a wife, and the prototypical two children. The idealized Cleaver, Nelson, and Huxtable families once portrayed on television now mirror a minority of the American electorate.

"The Values Divide", John White's fascinating new book, explores the increasingly dominant role values play in today's public and private life, concluding that a serious rift in political and cultural values actually produced the astounding tie between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election.

White argues that while politically important, the present values "divide" goes much deeper than cultural conflicts between Republicans and Democrats. Today, citizens are reexamining their own intimate values including how they work, live, and interact with each other in a country whose population is rapidly changing. Collectively, the answers to these value questions have remade both American politics and the popular culture. Reflecting upon these divergent personal choices, White concludes that one further question remains: "What does it mean to be an American?"

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Compiles extensive current public opinion polling data from The Roper Center at the University of Connecticut at key moments in recent American history including during the Columbine tragedy, the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, Clinton's impeachment, and the Election of 2000 to present a snapshot of American values as we enter the 21st century.

Provides a compelling explanation for the outcome of Election 2000 and the prospects for the Republican and Democratic political agenda over the long-term.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781889119755
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Values Divide 1
1 Four Stories for Our Time 21
2 Whose Country? 41
3 Republicans and the Politics of Virtue 79
4 Democrats and the Lingering Legacy of Bill Clinton 117
5 Campaign 2000: One Nation, Divisible 143
6 The Father-Knows-Best President and the Return of Four-Party Politics 171
7 We're All Americans Now 194
Notes 221
Index 265
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