The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks As Contexts for Political Behavior

The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks As Contexts for Political Behavior

by Alan S. Zuckerman
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Temple University Press
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The Social Logic of Politics: Personal Networks As Contexts for Political Behavior

Using classic theories and methodologies, this collection maintains that individuals make political choices by taking into account the views, preferences, evaluations, and actions of other people who comprise their social networks. These include family members, friends, neighbors, and workmates, among others. The volume re-establishes the research of the Columbia School of Electoral Sociology from several decades ago, and contrasts it with rational choice theory and the Michigan School of Electoral Analysis. Written by political scientists with a range of interests, this volume returns the social logic of politics to the heart of political science.

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ISBN-13: 9781592131471
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 02/04/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Context
1. Returning to the Social Logic of Politics—Alan S. Zuckerman
2. Individuals, Dyads and Networks: Autoregressive Patterns of Political Influence—Robert Huckfeldt, Paul Johnson, and John Sprague
Part I. Families as Sources of Strong Political Ties
3. Political Similarity and Influence between Husbands and Wives—Laura Stoker and M. Kent Jennings
4. Do Couples Support the Same Political Parties? Sometimes. Evidence from British and German Panel Surveys—Alan S. Zuckerman, Jennifer Fitzgerald, and Josip Dasovic
5. Family Ties: Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Political Participation—Sidney Verba, Kay Schlozman, and Nancy Burns
Part II. Friends, Workmates, Neighbors, and Political Contexts: The Effects of Weak Ties on Electoral Choices and Political Participation
6. Changing Class Locations and Partisanship in Germany—Ulrich Kohler
7. Choosing Alone? The Social Network Basis of Modern Political Choice—Jeffrey Levine
8. Friends and Politics: Linking Friendship Diversity to Political Participation—Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz
9. Networks, Gender and the Use of State Authority: Evidence from a Study of Arab Immigrants in Detroit—Ann Chih Lin
10. Putting Voters in their Places: Local Context and Voting in England and Wales, 1997—Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie
11. Party Identification, Local Partisan Contexts and the Acquisition of Participatory Attitudes—James Gimpel and J. Celeste Lay
12. Macro-Politics and Micro-Behavior: Mainstream Politics and the Frequency of Political Discussion inContemporary Democracies—Christopher Anderson and Aida Paskeviciute
Part III. The Social Logic of Politics: Looking Ahead
13. Agent-Based Explanations for the Survival of Disagreement in Social Networks—Paul Johnson and Robert Huckfeldt
14. Turnout in a Small Word—James Fowler

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