Tides of Consent: How Public Opinion Shapes American Politics / Edition 1

Tides of Consent: How Public Opinion Shapes American Politics / Edition 1

by James A. Stimson
     
 

Politics is a trial in which those in government - and those who aspire to serve - make proposals, debate alternatives, and pass laws. Then the jury of public opinion decides. It likes the proposals or actions or it does not. It trusts the actors or it doesn't. It moves, always at the margin, and then those who benefit from the movement are declared winners. This book… See more details below

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Politics is a trial in which those in government - and those who aspire to serve - make proposals, debate alternatives, and pass laws. Then the jury of public opinion decides. It likes the proposals or actions or it does not. It trusts the actors or it doesn't. It moves, always at the margin, and then those who benefit from the movement are declared winners. This book is about that public opinion response.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521601177
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,312,458
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

James A. Stimson is the Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A former president of the Midwest Political Science Association and Treasurer of the American Political Science Association, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has authored and co-authored numerous books including Yeas and Nays: Normal Decision-Making in the US House of Representatives, Issue Evolution: Race and the Reconstruction of American Politics, Public Opinion in America, Ideology in America, and The Macro Polity. Professor Stimson has served as Editor of Political Analysis and has served on the editorial board of journals such as the American Journal of Political Science and The Journal of Politics. He has authored many articles published in major journals of political science and is the recipient of various awards for his distinguished scholarship.

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Table of Contents

Preface : the shutdown
1Opinion flows1
2What the public wants from government23
3Left and right movements in preference58
4The great horse race : finding meaning in presidential campaigns96
5Between the campaigns : public approval and disapproval of government137
6On politics at the margin158

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