Why Americans Don't Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate

Why Americans Don't Join the Party: Race, Immigration, and the Failure (of Political Parties) to Engage the Electorate

by Zoltan L. Hajnal, Takeu Lee
     
 

"A critical and long overdue intervention in the study of contemporary American politics, Why Americans Don't Join the Party provides a thorough revision of theories of partisanship. Hajnal and Lee brilliantly explain how the many different groups comprising today's complicated racial and ethnic terrain form attachments, or not, to the major political parties,See more details below

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"A critical and long overdue intervention in the study of contemporary American politics, Why Americans Don't Join the Party provides a thorough revision of theories of partisanship. Hajnal and Lee brilliantly explain how the many different groups comprising today's complicated racial and ethnic terrain form attachments, or not, to the major political parties, and the authors show how these attachments are shaped by the legacy of slavery, immigrant political incorporation, and racial identities and ideologies. This book will be required reading for all who are interested in the future of American politics."—Michael Dawson, University of Chicago

"This remarkable and engaging book is a thorough investigation of contemporary partisanship and makes a strong contribution to the field of American politics. No other book theorizes the mechanisms that drive party identification in black, Latino, and Asian American communities."—Janelle Wong, University of Southern California

"This book is unique, provocative, important, and exhaustively defended. Putting a fresh and powerful charge into the debate on partisan identification, it will be widely read and provoke debate and further research."—Paul Frymer, Princeton University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148786
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/14/2011
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author


Zoltan L. Hajnal is associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. Taeku Lee is professor of political science and law and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables vii

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

Chapter 2: Party Identification: The Historical and Ontological Origins of a Concept 33

Chapter 3: Identity, Ideology, Information, and the Dimensionality of Nonpartisanship 61

Chapter 4: Leaving the Mule Behind: Independents and African American Partisanship 103

Chapter 5: What Does It Mean to Be a Partisan? 145

Chapter 6: The Sequential Logic of Latino and Asian American Partisanship 179

Chapter 7: Beyond the Middle: Ambivalence, Extremism, and White Nonpartisans 207

Chapter 8: The Electoral Implications of Nonpartisanship 239

Chapter 9: Conclusion 276

Bibliography 291

Index 321

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