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

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Two trends are dramatically altering the American political landscape: growing immigration and the rising prominence of independent and nonpartisan voters. Examining partisan attachments across the four primary racial groups in the United States, this book offers the first sustained and systematic account of how race and immigration today influence the relationship that Americans have--or fail to have--with the Democratic and Republican parties. Zoltan Hajnal and Taeku Lee contend that partisanship is shaped by ...

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

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Overview

Two trends are dramatically altering the American political landscape: growing immigration and the rising prominence of independent and nonpartisan voters. Examining partisan attachments across the four primary racial groups in the United States, this book offers the first sustained and systematic account of how race and immigration today influence the relationship that Americans have--or fail to have--with the Democratic and Republican parties. Zoltan Hajnal and Taeku Lee contend that partisanship is shaped by three factors--identity, ideology, and information--and they show that African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and whites respond to these factors in distinct ways.

The book explores why so many Americans--in particular, Latinos and Asians--fail to develop ties to either major party, why African Americans feel locked into a particular party, and why some white Americans are shut out by ideologically polarized party competition. Through extensive analysis, the authors demonstrate that when the Democratic and Republican parties fail to raise political awareness, to engage deeply held political convictions, or to affirm primary group attachments, nonpartisanship becomes a rationally adaptive response. By developing a model of partisanship that explicitly considers America's new racial diversity and evolving nonpartisanship, this book provides the Democratic and Republican parties and other political stakeholders with the means and motivation to more fully engage the diverse range of Americans who remain outside the partisan fray.

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Choice
This is a major advance in the study of opinion and parties. The book is well written and documented, and it contains a useful index and bibliography.
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Winner of the 2012 Best Book Award, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

"This is a major advance in the study of opinion and parties. The book is well written and documented, and it contains a useful index and bibliography."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400838776
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Core Textbook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 5 MB

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.
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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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